URC's Research and Evaluation Director Presents at American Evaluation Association Conference

URC's Director of Research and Evaluation, Dr. Edward Broughton, is presenting at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Conference in Washington, DC, this week. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness. AEA seeks to improve evaluation practices and methods, increase evaluation use, promote evaluation as a profession, and support the contribution of evaluation to the generation of theory and knowledge about effective human action. The conference supports this mission by bringing together over 3000 evaluators from various fields to share knowledge about evaluation practices.

Dr. Broughton's presentations, listed below, focus on cost-effectiveness analysis and health data validity. He is a teaching associate at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and previously served as adjunct faculty at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, where he taught about economic analyses, health economics, research methods for health policy, and management and decision analysis.

Pre-conference Workshop: Cost-effectiveness Analysis

October 16, 2013

As the cost of health and human service programs far outpaces our willingness and ability to pay, the importance of and demand for measuring their economic efficiency continues to grow. This workshop focuses on building basic skills in cost-effectiveness analysis for health and human service interventions.

Expert Lecture Session: Do You Really Trust the Numbers? Health Data Validity around the World

October 18, 2013

Evaluation of health programs frequently involves collecting data from written or electronic medical records; yet, there is often little discussion about how closely the information collected from such sources represents the reality of what happened in the actual delivery of the health services. Referencing research papers authored by Dr. Broughton, this lecture will explain what data quality means to a program's success, how to measure data validity with robust research methods, and how to improve data validity when it is found to be deficient.

Post-conference Workshop: Advanced Cost-effectiveness Analysis for Health and Human Service Programs

October 20, 2013

The relentless drive for health and human service programs to be more efficient and affordable demands robust economic analyses so policymakers can make informed decisions. This interactive workshop builds on basic knowledge and skills in cost-effectiveness analysis to help workshop attendees understand the workings of more realistic economic models that take into account uncertain data and changing circumstances.

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