Our team of experts provides a full range of professional services to design, evaluate, and refine public health programs, including:
We design public health interventions and demonstration projects by identifying and applying best practices. Our research and evaluation projects generate knowledge about promising new approaches.
Examples of our program design work include:
- Designed the Multnomah County School Attendance Initiative in collaboration with the County Department of Community Justice.
- Integrated health promotion into a business skills program for women inmates and assessed the impacts on recidivism, employment, and housing.
- Designed a peer-educator program to reduce HIV risk among methamphetamine injectors.
- Developed services to improve birth outcomes among at-risk women.
We evaluate the effectiveness of public health policies and programs, and provide actionable, evidence-based recommendations for program improvement. Our work helps organizations make the best decisions, dispel misconceptions, highlight program successes, inform policy, and shape care. As an external partner, we are able to provide clients an unbiased view of the work, a high level of expertise, and experience dealing with complicated issues.
Examples of our program evaluation work include:
- Conducted extensive evaluations of the Oregon, Washington, and Alaska state tobacco prevention and control programs, including assessments of the Alaska and Washington Tobacco Quit Lines, studies on the tobacco burden among specific populations, examination of the effectiveness of second-hand smoking policies, and assessment of media campaign effectiveness.
- Evaluated Oregon’s HIV client services programs, housing programs for persons living with HIV/AIDS, and efforts to address health care access issues for the poor in the Portland metropolitan area.
Data to Inform Policies
We conduct assessments and analyses designed to inform high-level decision makers about the potential health impacts of programs, policies, and plans.
Examples of our data to inform policies include:
- Collaborated on a project examining the potential public health impact of coal transported by rail through Multnomah County.
- Collected and presented data to Oregon Department of Corrections related to inmate health and nutrition, leading to policy changes related to food offerings and programming for female inmates.
- Conducted, organized and annotated a literature review to summarize mental, physical and environmental health impacts of non-motorized transportation options.
Applied Research and Surveillance
We have expertise in quantitative and qualitative methods, complex survey design and weighting, advanced statistics, community-based participatory research, cost-effectiveness studies, and surveillance. We work with communities to frame meaningful questions, generate new knowledge, and apply our findings.
Examples of our applied research and surveillance include:
- Led a randomized controlled trial of a motivational interviewing-based HIV and domestic violence prevention intervention for women with recent criminal justice involvement.
- Conducted a study on the impact of school policies on risk factors for youth obesity.
- Collaborated on a longitudinal study of alcohol and substance use initiation among white and African American youth.
- Conducted impact assessment of the implementation of Washington State's new laws governing the distribution and sale of alcohol, including changes in alcohol consumption patterns among youth and adults, changes in predictors of alcohol consumption, and alcohol-related public health effects.
- Oversee population-based surveillance systems for Oregon adults and youth.
We consult with a variety of public health programs in all our service areas, increasing internal capacity and improving outcomes.
Increasing Funding for Public Health
We help clients secure project funding, and we also generate new funding opportunities for program development and evaluation.