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.
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.
OHWC's Impact (since 2011)
- 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
[Update schedule: monthly; last updated January 2017]
Our TOOLKIT KIOSK houses evidence-based resources ready for implementation within organizations. These resources were borne out of our NIOSH-funded projects where we designed, developed, and rigorously tested interventions for Total Worker Health. We currently present our four toolkits:
Additionally, we present our TOOLS KIOSK, a collection of expert-recommended resources that can be used as team activities. Tools are organized by topic, industry, and format.
Among these tools, we feature the Health Impacts Safety guides, created by our Institute. Designed for use at wellness and huddles, these guides offer information and active strategies for various health topics pertinent to the workplace. A popular tool at our conferences, here are some data on the dissemination of the Health Impacts Safety guides:
--# guides handed out in person at various events: 2700*
--# visits to this webpage (housing the guides): 1108
--# guides downloaded via webpage: 668
* Since 2015 [Update schedule: quarterly]
All outreach and education outcomes reflect a composite effort of the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (home of OHWC) and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center.
Since 2011 (birth of OHWC):
[Update schedule: quarterly; last updated July 2016]
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*
Health Psychology Summer Institute (every other year)
--Average attendance per event: 93
--Average event rating by attendees: 4.5 out of 5
- Talks by OHWC
members (Total Worker Health): 212
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.
[Updated quarterly; last updated: 2017 Q1 data]
Oregon and the Workplace Blog: 5428 views
Number of Total Worker Health posts: 10
Twitter: 681 followers
Facebook: 296 likes
- OHWC YouTube channel: 51 views
- Health Impacts Safety guides: 389 website views, 152+ downloads
- OccHealthSci Resource Directory: 13,444 views
"...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"
"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."
"…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…"
What are some key lessons we have produced through our intervention studies?
- An intervention
focused on supervisor support training and a team effectiveness process can
improve employee health.
- Perceived work-family conflict, job demands, and perceived organizational support are related to the health and well-being of construction workers.
- Health measures (e.g., body
mass index, blood pressure) among older construction workers suggest that they
may be a vulnerable population.
- Together, age and perceived level of decision authority impact construction workers' satisfaction and mental health.
- Providing increased decision authority is especially important to improving the job satisfaction of older construction workers.
- A team-based intervention in home care workers demonstrated that we can create simultaneous changes to health and safety factors through an integrated Total Worker Health approach.
- Feedback from home care workers and the people in the homes where they work suggests that future work should experiment with systems, policies, and advocates for home care workers to remove the barriers to safe practice
- High retention rates (85% attendance) in an intervention for home care workers demonstrate the desirability/popularity of a group-based approach for this isolated population. Collaborative program development with partner organizations is also likely critical for high engagement in intervention program.
- In 2014, our review showed that there were only 17 published studies on Total Worker Health. All but 1 of the 17 improved risk factors for injuries and/or chronic illnesses, and 4 improved 10 or more risk factors. Several TWH interventions reported sustained improvements for over a year, although only 1 was available for dissemination.
- Olson, R., Thompson, S.V., Elliot, D.L., Hess, J.A., Rohten, K.L., Parker, K.L., et al. (2016). Safety and health support for home care workers: The COMPASS randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Public Health, 106, 1823-1832.
- Anger, K., Elliot, D., Bodner, T., Olson, R., Rohlman, D., Truxillo, D., Kuehl, K., Hammer, L., & Montgomery, D. (2015). Effectiveness of Total Worker Health interventions. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 20(2), 226-247.
- Zaniboni, S., Truxillo, D. M., Rineer, J. R., Bodner,
T. E., Hammer, L. B., & Kraner, M. (2016). Relating age, decision
authority, job satisfaction, and mental health: A study of construction
workers. Work, Aging and
- Hammer, L., Truxillo, D., Bodner, T., Rineer, J., Pytlovany, A., & Richman, A. (2015). Effects
of a workplace intervention targeting psychosocial risk factors on
safety and health outcomes: Psychosocial factors and workers health and
safety. Biomed Research International, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/836967.
- Bodner, T., Kraner, M., Bradford, B., Hammer, L., & Truxillo, D. (2014). Safety, health, and well-being of municipal utility and construction workers. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 56(7), 771-778.