The Evaluation Core has the primary responsibility for collaboratively designing and conducting all evaluation activities, including conducting formative evaluation to provide feedback to refine intervention components, monitoring implementation, ongoing performance reporting for program improvement, and assessing structures, outcomes and impacts.
Establish BUILD and NRMN program-wide goals and agreed upon indicators of successful biomedical researchers at multiple career stages and collaboratively decide on the final methodology for establishing and implementing a standardized evaluation approach and data collection protocols.
Develop and implement systems and training needed to build capacity and ensure standardized evaluation protocols and harmonized data collection procedures across BUILD and NRMN.
Design and conduct longitudinal evaluation using mixed-methods to assess implementing processes, outcomes, and impact of the BUILD program on enhancing biomedical workforce diversity.
Design and conduct longitudinal evaluation using mixed-methods to assess changes and impact of the NRMN program on biomedical career development.
Provide timely and periodic reporting to the Diversity Program Consortium, BUILD institutions and NRMN network.
Dr. Abdelmonem A. Afifi, a prominent biostatistician, former dean, and caring mentor, has concerned himself with complex formulas – work that is essential to drawing sound conclusions from research data. But when it comes to Afifi's legacy, the numbers fail to tell the whole story. If skill with the complexities of biostatistics has fueled Afifi's scholarly pursuits, it's his interpersonal and leadership acumen that have served a broader constituency - whether it's the scores of public health students he has mentored or the UCLA School of Public Health, which he led during 15 years as dean. More than a decade later, Afifi finds reward in both the challenging research projects he takes on and in mentoring students. He's been a member of more than 190 doctoral dissertation committees, chairing 29 of them, and former protégés span the globe. "I learn so much from working with these bright young minds," he says. "It's a constant reminder that this was the right path for me."
Dr. Baker's primary research interest is in the field of ophthalmic epidemiology. Current projects include statistical analysis of national and statewide databases to produce definitive population-based estimates of the distribution and the determinants of major ophthalmic entities, including severe ocular injury, endophthalmitis, corneal transplantation surgery, enucleation surgery, and complications of cataract surgery. In addition, Dr. Baker was initiator of an ongoing collaborative effort with the epidemiology group of Charles R. Drew University. The purpose of this project is to provide population-based comparative assessment of functional vision, daily activity, and quality of life among the nonHispanic White, African American, Hispanic, and Asian-Pacific Island elderly populations of Los Angeles County.
Dr. Christie's work has three main foci: Applied evaluation research studies, Research on evaluation practice and Theoretical analysis.
Dr. Christie is committed to training educational scholars in mixed-methods, and evaluation and research methods. She is the former Chair of the Theories of Evaluation Division and the Research on Evaluation Division and now serves on the board of the American Evaluation Association (elected) as member at large (2011-2013). She served as a section editor of the American Journal of Evaluation (2004-2009) and serves on the editorial board of Studies in Educational in Evaluation.
Dr. Davidson's expertise is in evaluation research design and methods, strategic planning, as well as leadership, team, and organizational development in health research organizations. Her professional effort is shared as a co-leader on the CEC and the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). These initiatives are complementary. The CTSA Program is developing an integrated network connecting 60+ CTSA hubs for conducting translational research nationally that has the potential not only for accelerating science and improving population health but also for becoming a major economic engine for the country. The CEC is concerned with promoting diversity in biomedical research to ensure under-represented groups have opportunities to lead and to become substantially more represented in the future biomedical workforce.
The focus of Lourdes Guerrero's work includes education, diversity, workforce development and substance use prevention. She is committed to diversity issues and community-based, culturally relevant programs.
Dr. Hays focus is on patient-reported outcomes of health care including patient reports and ratings of care and health-related quality of life. He also studies health-related behaviors such as adherence to medical recommendations. Hays is the leader of the analysis core for the UCLA/Drew Research Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), a research and mentoring program intended to reduce health disparities for older African Americans and Latinos by training and mentorship of minority faculty.
Nicky MacCalla is a team lead for the Diversity Consortium Evaluation (UCLA Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC)). She specializes in Evaluation Capacity Building (ECB) and the evaluation of professional learning programs. She is committed to the use of Utilization Focused Evaluation (UFE), Participatory Evaluation, Theory-Based Evaluation, and Culturally Response Evaluation (CRE) in the evaluation of programs and initiatives. Her research interests include collaborative group facilitation, evaluation for organizational development, meaningful measures of teacher effectiveness, and design of comprehensive teacher evaluation systems. She is certified in Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools and a member of the California Department of Education (CDE) Teacher-Based Academic Reform (T-BAR) Leadership Commission. She is the former Director of Research for the Teacher Initiated Inquiry Project (TIIP) at UCLA Center X. Professor MacCalla also teaches quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches to research as a Lecturer at the USC Rossier School of Education.
Professor Wallace is Associate Director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and Associate Director of the SPH Center for Global and Immigrant Health. He is a past chair of the Gerontological Health Section of the American Public Health Association, Co-PI of the coordinating center for NIA?s Resource Centers on Minority Aging Research, and PI of several projects that provide community-based training on how to use data to advocate for improving access to care for underserved populations in California.
Mitchel Wong's research focuses on racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health care and outcomes, population health, demography and how disparities arise over the life course. He has developed the Racial/Ethnic Disparities Simulation Model, a Markov model, which simulates multiple chronic diseases over the life course for a cohort of adults. This model simulates the effectiveness of various clinical or public health strategies to improve health and reduce mortality for a given population.
Terry Nakazono, M.S.
The Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA is supported by Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health / National Institutes of General Medical Sciences under award number U54GM119024.