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 accomplishments at OHWC|
|Active research projects||2|
|Hosted education events since 2011 (start of OHWC)||17|
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. Through a continually evolving process, our program evaluation strategy is to amalgamate the data across various indicators.
Oregon Healthy Workforce Center's impact
The table below describes the effectiveness of our interventions during our 2011 to 2016 funding cycle. The OHWC intervention impact table is also available in a larger format downloadable by PDF.
|Who benefited from the intervention?||Rated intervention favorably||Found intervention useful||Intervention Effectively Improved (Effects statistically determined using Cohen's d, with reported effects = 0.2 and above)|
|Home Care Workers, COMPASS (Ryan Olson, PhD)||76%||75%||Experienced community of Practice, talked with client about work hazards, used new tools for moving and cleaning, corrected slip hazards at home, fruit and vegetable servings, HDL cholesterol , grip strength, depressive symptoms, and lost work days due to injury|
|Construction and utility workers, SHIP (Leslie Hammer and Donald Truxillo, PhD)||N/A||100% (specific intervention component)||Blood Pressure was improved, and moderated effects (i.e., for those how perceived a poor relationship with their supervisors prior to the intervention), Family Supportive Supervisor Behaviors, team effectiveness, work-life effectiveness|
|Construction Workers, BeSuper (Kent Anger, PhD)||100%||75%||Safety compliance, group-level safety climate, healthy lifestyle knowledge, Family Supportive Supervisor Behaviors, Supervisor skills and knowledge, pain, unhealthy food, consumption, sugary snacks, sugary drinks, fast food, and caffeine consumption|
|Young Workers in Parks and Recreation, PUSH (Diane Rohlman, PhD)||59%||69%||Knowledge of safety and health|
View our complete list of publications
- Peer-reviewed publications from OHWC-funded projects: 25
- Associated publications by OHWC researchers (peer-reviewed & others): 70
As part of our continuing efforts to translate research to practice, we proudly feature our new website, YourWorkpath.com. Designed for ease of access, YourWorkpath is our new website that houses and delivers our robust tools and comprehensive toolkits to help employers design a healthier and safer workplace. YourWorkpath.com focuses on delivering low-and no-cost tools and toolkits for organizations of different sizes and industries. From human resource professionals and workplace safety managers to consultants and educators, users will find solutions to fit various settings.
Improving the Total Worker Health in home care workers. The Oregon Home Care Commission is making the COMPASS training available within their established training system to its home care workers.
Supervisors play a crucial role in the safety, health and well-being of their employees. The US Forest Service implemented and tested a tailored version of the supervisor training from the SHIP toolkit.
Young workers need Total Worker Health too! The training has been adopted by seasonal young workers within City of Portland parks and rec. Also, an adaptation of the PUSH training was implemented by the Bureau of Labor and Industries.
Total Worker Health for construction workers. An adaption of the BeSuper! toolkit is being tested and disseminated in several vineyards around Oregon.
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.
If your organization is interested in our resources or have questions. Contact our Dissemination Specialist, Helen Schuckers at email@example.com
All outreach and education outcomes reflect the effort of the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center.
- Bi-annual Symposia (twice a year, Spring & Fall)
- Average attendance per event: 80 in Spring, 127 in Fall (plus 10 - 15 via webinar)
- Average event rating by attendees: 4.6 out of 5
- # visits to Symposia webpage: 1477
2018 Summer Institute:
- Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute (every other year)
-Average attendance: 74
-Average event rating by attendees: 4.41
Bi-annual Symposia (twice a year, Spring & Fall)
- Average attendance per event: 98 in Spring, 84 in Fall (plus 10-15 via webinar)
- Average event rating by attendees: 4.7 out of 5
- # visits to Symposia webpage: 2908
2016 Summer Institute:
- Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute (every other year)
-Average attendance: 93
-Average event rating by attendees: 4.5 out of 5
[Updated April 2019]
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.
- Oregon Healthy Workforce Center: 18,376 views
- Institute website: 61,801 views
- YourWorkpath.com: 5,571 views
Oregon and the workplace blog: 20,865 visits
Number posts: 61
Twitter: 907 followers
Facebook: 403 followers
- Other social media outlets: OHWC YouTube channel, LinkedIn
Total Worker Health resources
- Health Impacts Safety guides: 451 views, 223 downloads
- YourWorkpath: 1,462 views
- OccHealthSci Resource Directory: 1,467 views
- What's Work Got To Do With It Podcast: 1,409 plays (Launch, Sept 2018)
[Last Updated, 2019, Q3 data]
See what our attendees are saying about our symposia:
Given by attendees (anonymous) from our Fall 2018 symposia, "Emergency preparedness and disaster response for the workplace: From awareness to action"
"The event really affirms the education and focus needed for preparedness at all levels. Today's presentations were beyond informative and was effective in bringing value to societal change/preparedness."
- "Very informative event! I wasn't sure how much I would take away, but I gained a lot of knowledge to pass to my office."
- "I came from Eugene and this was well worth my travel time and time away from the office. I am bringing back many great takeaways for my home and workplace. Thank you!"Excellent content. One of the best trainings I have been to in a long time."
- "Great topic and great speakers. Good mixture of society, workplace/organizations, and personal level of actions."
See what our participants are saying about our toolkits
"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."
"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."