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Lessons Learned in Systems Thinking Approach for Evaluation Planning

Williams, John C. DrPH, MBA; Costich, Julia JD, PhD; Hacker, William D. MD, FAAP, CPE; Davis, James S. MD

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181c6b50d
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Abstract

The role of systems thinking is addressed in the context of a public health department-academic collaboration to plan the evaluation of a learning management system. Findings suggest new directions for public health practitioners and researchers who are responsible for ensuring that public health workforce training efforts, and other programs and services, have the intended impact on public health workers' competence and the public's health.

In Brief

This article focuses on the role of systems thinking addressed in the context of a public health department-academic collaboration to plan the evaluation of a learning management system and suggests new directions for public health practitioners and researchers who are responsible for ensuring that public health workforce training efforts have the intended impact on public health workers' competence and the public's health.

Author Information

John C. Williams, DrPH, MBA, is Assistant Professor and Project Coinvestigator, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington.

Julia Costich, JD, PhD, is Chair, Department of Health Services Management, University of Kentucky College of Public Health, Lexington, and is Director, Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, Lexington.

William D. Hacker, MD, FAAP, CPE, is Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Public Health, Frankfort, Kentucky.

James S. Davis, MD, is Deputy Commissioner, Department for Public Health, Cabinet for Family and Health Services, Frankfort, Kentucky.

Corresponding Author: John C. Williams, DrPH, MBA, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, 121 Washington Ave, Lexington, KY 40536 (jcwilliams@uky.edu).

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.