Center Evaluation

Our Center evaluation plan involves the systematic tracking and evaluation of our many activities. Below is our "How-are-we-doing" scorecard that presents top-level measures of interest to our target audiences; the underlying detail is below that.

OHWC at a glance

Our goal is to assess the quality, utility, feasibility, impact, and value of our research, outreach and education activities, translation to practice and dissemination efforts. Gathered via quantitative (e.g., surveys/ evaluation metrics) and qualitative methods (e.g., interviews, focus groups discussions), our program evaluation will help track our path from inputs through activities, to outcome achievement (see the OHWC logic model at the bottom of the page).  Through a continually evolving process, our program evaluation strategy is to amalgamate the data across various indicators.

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center's Impact

How Effective Are Our Interventions?

Click the table below to read more on the effectiveness of our interventions during our 2011 to 2016 funding cycle.Click to expand

Peer-Reviewed Publications

View our complete list of publications.

  • Peer-reviewed publications from OHWC-funded projects: 15
  • Number of social media mentions (based on Altmetrics): 36 with potential secondary follower reach of 506,913
  • Associated publications by OHWC researchers (peer-reviewed & others): 53

[Updated January 2017]

Translation to Practice: Tools & Toolkits

As part of our continuing efforts to translate research to practice, we proudly feature our Tool and Toolkits kiosk.


The Toolkit Kiosk houses evidence-based resources ready for implementation within organizations and businesses. These safety, health and well-being toolkits are NIOSH-funded projects where we designed, developed, and rigorously tested interventions for Total Worker Health. Click on toolkit to reach more.

The Oregon Home Care Commission is making the COMPASS training available to its home care workers.

Supervisors play a crucial role in the safety, health and well-being of their employees. 

Young workers need Total Worker Health too! An adaptation of the PUSH training was implemented by the Bureau of Labor and Industries.

Be Super!
Total Worker Health for construction workers.



Our collection of expert-recommended resources that can be used as team activities. Tools are organized by topic, industry, and format. A featured tool created by our institute and designed for use in safety, health and well-being workplace huddles are our Health Impacts Safety guides. These guides offer information and active strategies for various health topics pertinent to the workplace, and a popular tool at our conference tables.

Community Education

All outreach and education outcomes reflect a composite effort of the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center.

Since 2011 (birth of OHWC):

  • Bi-annual Symposia (twice a year)
    -Average attendance per event: 92 (plus 10-15 via webinar)
    -Average event rating by attendees: 4.4 out of 5
    -# visits to Symposia webpage: 3760*
    -# session handouts downloaded via webpage: 223*
    -# recorded sessions viewed: 109*
    *Since 2015
  • Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute (every other year)
    -Average attendance per event: 93
    -Average event rating by attendees: 4.5 out of 5
[Updated July 2016]

Impact of our events

the majority of attendees reported positive feedback. For example, following the Sedentary work symposium, 79% of the 30 respondents reported making a change within their workplace and 83% reported a change within their personal life; after the Mindfulness symposium, 45% of 20 respondents reported making a workplace change and 80% reported a change within their personal life, and these changes were rated as positive. Click for more details.
  • Talks given by OHWC members on Total Worker Health: 212
[Updated July 2016]

Website, Social Media, and Testimonials

All social media traffic reflects a composite of the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (home of OHWC) as well as the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center.



[Last Updated, 2017 Quarter 3]


"I think anybody new coming into this field should have to take the COMPASS class…because it will help exponentially"  

"...I think of myself personally as a caregiver - I may focus on my consumer employer's needs more than my own needs, and so [COMPASS] really did bring an awareness that if my needs, you know my health…my mental health and everything, if I'm balanced, then I feel that I'm a better caregiver"

"Employees were cautious at first but now they're the ones asking supervisors if they can revisit the team effectiveness goals. They're really enthusiastic."


"The content in the PUSH training helps us ensure that our staff is prepared to work safely and provides information about their rights as workers and encourages them to speak up when they have questions…"

"…we believe that using PUSH as a standard training for new hires is a wise investment in our employees. Not only does it enhance the training that we require for all workers, but the online format allows us to save time and money that we would otherwise need to spend on in-person training."

Supervisor Training
"The program was fun and there was lots of good information. I particularly liked how the staff delivered the program. I would recommend this to others including our main offices…"

"…It made me more aware of being a good role model to fellow coworkers and to also always be a good safety representative…I especially enjoyed the weekly meetings and the camaraderie shared by our team…"

"Thanks in part to our attending OHWC symposia and GOSH sessions, we are moving down the path of making everyone…aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, how it relates to a better worker and combining it with safety to get a total package –a healthy and safe worker."