Adapting Evidence-Based Programs to Meet Local Needs – archived webinar

Originally presented on May 14, 2010

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As we strive to meet program outcomes as efficiently and effectively as possible, we turn to evidence-based models and programs. While the recipe, or the evidence-based model, may have proven results in one community—how do we know we can produce the same results in our local community? How do we identify the essential ingredients when we are trying to adapt a model to suit local cultural needs?” In this workshop, presenters will define “evidence-based” and differentiate the commonly interchanged terminology associated with evidence-based. Presenters will also share resources on where to find and how to select evidence-based programs and strategies for various population-based public health issues. In addition, program fidelity and identifying and addressing cultural needs will be explored in order to understand how to balance both. Finally, presenters will share how important process data can be to ensure the program is on track for producing intended outcomes.



Participants attending this web-conference will be able to:

1. Define “evidence-based” and differentiate like terminology
2. Identify where to find population-based public health evidence-based models
3. Define “fidelity” and how to measure program fidelity
4. Identify cultural needs for a particular community
5. Describe types of process data that may be used to measure likelihood of producing program outcomes


Target Audience

IPLAN coordinators, administrators, health educators, program managers, preventionists and health promoters are encouraged to participate.



Mark Edgar, PhD

Mark Edgar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) and a consultant to the Illinois Public Health Institute on issues of evaluation, assessment and planning. He received his PhD in Public Health from Saint Louis University and his Master’s in Public Health from University of Illinois at Springfield. Past positions include Senior Research Associate at Saint Louis University School of Public Health, Researcher at SIU School of Medicine, Director of Epidemiology at the Adams County Health Department and adjunct faculty at UIS and Quincy University. His research has been published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice and Public Health Reports and presented at the annual meetings of the American Public Heath Association, the National Network of Public Health Institutes and Academy Health’s Public Health Systems Research Interest Group. Dr. Edgar’s teaching includes graduate, undergraduate and community-based courses and workshops in statistics, research methods, public health administration and policy, program planning, outcome measurement, and program evaluation. He has over 20 years of experience working with public health and human services programs, schools of public health, medicine and nursing, and nonprofit organizations throughout the country. Most of his work has focused on assessment, evaluation, program development, and public health research in both academic and practice settings. Funding sources for Dr. Edgar’s work have included the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The National Network of Public Health Institutes, the Office of Rural Health Policy and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Laurie Call, BA

Laurie Call is the director of the Illinois Public Health Institute Center for Community Capacity Development. Call has 20 years of experience in training, instructional design and consultation services. In her current role, Call coordinates, develops and delivers training and technical assistance to local health departments and various community health partners as they engage in community health assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation activities. Call delivers training and consultation on using logic models for planning and evaluating, strategic planning, developing and delivering focus groups, conducting community assessments and much more. Through the Center for Community Capacity Development at IPHI, Call provides consultation on IPLAN including applying the Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework. Call has served as a resource to various national partners by presenting on the National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP) User Webinar Series, to help those planning to implement and facilitate a local, state or governance assessment. In addition, Call manages two Quality Improvement Learning Collaboratives through the Multi-State Learning Collaborative grant funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Serving as a consultant, she has assisted various organizations and groups including Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, National Guard Bureau, Illinois National Guard Counter Drug and the Center for Prevention Research and Development at the University of Illinois. Call began her career with Prevention First. During her 14 years at Prevention First, Call served the state substance abuse prevention system by assisting in the development, implementation and capacity building of a statewide outcome based planning system.