Evaluation Design and Administration for Promising and Evidence-based Practices in Human Services

The Human Services Implementation Lab (iLab) at PSU’s Regional Research Institute serves the organizations who design promising and evidence-based practices (EBPs) as well as the organizations who use them.

Social Services Evaluation Consultation

We Help Community Partners Implement Evidence-Based and Promising Practices in Human Services and Prevention

At the iLab, we work with community partners in a variety of social service areas to build their capacity for self-evaluation through tool development, facilitated self-assessments and full external assessments of their programs and evidence-based practices. We focus on skill-based evaluation and fidelity assessments across a variety of populations, age ranges and subject areas, including mental health, behavioral health, suicide prevention, trauma informed care, corrections, juvenile justice, residential care, and homelessness.

How Fidelity and Implementation Assessments Benefit Organizations and People

When an evidence-based program is implemented with fidelity to the model:

  • Community members get the care that is advertised
  • Individuals are more likely to experience the same outcomes as the ones documented in the studies that qualified the practice as “evidence-based”
  • Outcomes are documented for funders and community members
  • Liability may be reduced in the wake of unforeseen events
  • Staff and clients can be confident that risk reduction programs are actually reducing the targeted risks

Types of Evaluation and Assessment Services We Provide

We will work with your organization to evaluate your program implementation using a combination of any of the options below:

  • External assessments of implementation and/or fidelity to service models or organizational frameworks using existing tools developed by our iLab or others
  • Consultation and tools for conducting internal evaluations and assessments
  • Repeated assessments and reports to track and documents changes in implementation over time
  • Creation of assessment or evaluation tools if they do not already exist
  • Design and implementation of multi-faceted program evaluations that (1) assess fidelity to program design and evidence based practices, (2) collect feedback from program participants, staff, and community partners, and (3) document program outcomes
  • Community Needs Assessments
  • Development and submission of proposals for external funding in support of your innovative programs and service ideas

Assessment Tools We’ve Helped Create

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Trauma Informed Oregon’s Trauma Informed Care Fidelity Measurement Tool, v.1.2 (2023)

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Oregon Health Authority's Zero Suicide Implementation Assessment Tool, v. 2019 (updated version coming soon!)

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Oregon Health Authority's Six Building Blocks of Pain Management and Safe Opioid Therapy in Primary Care, v.2018