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.

Our accomplishments at OHWC
Peer-reviewed publications 33
Active research projects 2
Evidence-based toolkits 4
Easy-to-use tools 37
Peer-reviewed publications from Affiliated Projects 74

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.

As part of our continuing efforts to translate research to practice, we proudly feature our new website, 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. 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.

YourWorkpath,com: An OHWC website that houses workplace safety, health and well-being tools and toolkits


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. Download the COMPASS one pager.

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. Download the SHIP one pager.

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. Download the PUSH one pager.

Total Worker Health for construction workers. An adaption of the BeSuper! toolkit is being tested and disseminated in several vineyards around Oregon. Download the BeSuper one pager.


Our collection of expert-created and 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

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

2020 virtual Summer Institute:

2020 Symposia:

  • Bi-annual Symposia (twice a year, Spring & Fall) 
  • Average attendance per event: 78 in Spring
  • Average event rating by attendees: 4.6 out of 5

2019 Symposia:

  • Bi-annual Symposia (twice a year, Spring & Fall) 
  • Average attendance per event: 175 in Spring, 89 in Fall (plus 15 - 20 via webinar)
  • Average event rating by attendees: 4.6 out of 5

2018 Symposia:

  • 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

2018 Summer Institute:

2017 Symposia:

  • 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

[Updated Aug 2020]

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. 

Website traffic

Social media

Total Worker Health resources

[Last Updated, 2019, Q3 data]

See what our attendees are saying about our symposia:

Given by attendees (anonymous) from our Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 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."
  • "This was amazing, quality information and speakers at an affordable price. Thank you so much for organizing "
  • "There is no better value for the cost in Oregon, I always finish the day with at least one or two actionable ideas. Job well done as usual!"

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.

"I found the needs assessment very helpful in analyzing what we had already implemented at Tapani as well as a navigational tool as to where we need to fill in the opportunities for improvement.  The follow up phone consult was very meaningful and gave me an opportunity to discuss Tapani's program.  As a new occupational health nurse, the entire process was very meaningful and helpful." -Logan Kysar MSN, RN, Occupational Health Nurse, Tapani