Improving Our Effectiveness
The Research, Training & Outcome Center (RTOC) at Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana (RHI) is a leader in the field of brain injury rehabilitation in outcomes research and modeling through program evaluation.
What is Program Evaluation?
Program evaluation, as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services, is “A systematic method for collecting, analyzing and using information to answer basic questions about a program.”
STAFF THAT CARES
When everything is measured, it is easier to see the impact of changes and plan for the future. This also allows for modifications and improvements that will improve the care we provide by improving staff’s interaction with clients and a program’s impact.
Dr. Devan ParrottDirector and Biostatistician, Research, Training & Outcome Center for Brain Injury
Why Implement Program Evaluation in Our Research?
Evaluation improves program design and implementation.
It is important to periodically assess and adapt our activities to ensure they are as effective as they can be. Evaluation helps to identify areas for improvement and ultimately helps us to realize our goals more efficiently. Additionally, when we share our results about what was more and less effective (through shared data collection, analysis, and publication in peer-reviewed journals), we help advance brain injury education.
Program evaluation demonstrates program impact.
Evaluation enables you to demonstrate your program’s success or progress. The information you collect allows you to better communicate your program's impact to others, which is critical for public relations, staff morale and attracting and retaining support from current and potential funders.