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Process Evaluation of the Community Engagement Alliance Consultative Resource (CEACR)

Jones, Nadia (2023) Process Evaluation of the Community Engagement Alliance Consultative Resource (CEACR). Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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The Covid pandemic affected racial/ethnic minorities and underserved communities disproportionately, highlighting the pervasive structural inequities within the United States. The NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) reflects the partnership of 21 academic institutions and community-based organizations to combat mistrust and disseminate community-engaged best practices to ensure representation of communities of color in health research focused on Covid prevention and treatment.
The Community Engagement Alliance Against Covid-19 Disparities Consultative Resource (CEACR) is a consulting system to aid in the timely delivery of best practices by providing tailored recommendations to NIH-funded research teams. This essay is a process evaluation that examines each step of the CEACR consultation process. The CEACR Senior Project Coordinator reviewed the number and type of consultation requests, client surveys, and other data. This essay describes the barriers and facilitators to programmatic activities' fidelity, dose, and reach and captures iterations to the consultation process to date.
CEACR was expected to create an asset map of CEAL resources to support consultation services, develop tools to facilitate consultations, average three consultations per month, and measure satisfaction with services and the utility of recommendations.
CEACR created a CEAL Asset Map totaling over 1,000 resources like community-based partners and organizations working with each CEAL site’s academic/research institution. CEACR created a roster of 152 experts. In launch, CEACR facilitated 39 service requests and completed 33, meeting its objective of averaging 3 consults per month. CEACR hosted 15 expert panel sessions guided by 56 subject matter experts. The recommendations delivered to six national Covid research teams represented academic and community-based expertise. Consultation tools created included three REDCap forms to facilitate the consultation process and four REDCap surveys for evaluation; surveys were sent to six of 17 consultees and five completed surveys were received. The 30-, 90- and 180-day surveys were administered to fewer consultees.
Client feedback suffered due to inconsistent evaluation activities. Improved evaluative efforts should include an internal activity log, dedicated evaluation staff, and continuous quality improvement (CQI) to detect problems mid-course. An invigorated evaluation will aid in CEACR’s goal to improve the inclusion of ethnic and racial minority individuals in research.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Jones, Nadianlj14@pitt.edunlj14
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis advisorDocumet, Patriciapdocumet@pitt.edupdocumetUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMassart, Mylyndambm66@pitt.edumbm66UNSPECIFIED
Date: 30 August 2023
Date Type: Completion
Submission Date: 26 June 2023
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 84
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: n/a
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2023 14:23
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2023 14:23

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