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Your Environment. Your Health.

Prove It Makes a Difference

Evaluation Best Practices for Health and Safety Training

2012 Fall Aweardee Meeting banner

Purpose and Scope of the Workshop

The Worker Education and Training Program's (WETP) fall awardee meeting was held on October 10, 2012. The workshop, Prove It Makes a Difference: Evaluation Best Practices for Health and Safety Training, was held October 11-12, 2012. Both meetings took place in the Rall Building on the NIEHS Main Campus, in Research Triangle Park (RTP), NC.

The workshop brought together WETP awardees and others interested in evaluation of worker safety & health training. The workshop explored the types of evaluation tools being used by WETP awardees in their training programs, and looked at metrics used by other federal agencies to evaluate training. Participants discussed what defines effective safety & health training, and the impact that safety & health training can have.


Workshop Report



Click on the links below to view the presentations from the Fall Awardee Meeting and Workshop.

Awardee Meeting:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Time Topic
1:00-1:30 p.m. Welcome (988KB)
Gwen Collman, Director, Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT), NIEHS
Joseph "Chip" Hughes, Jr., WETP Director, DERT, NIEHS
1:30-2:15 p.m. NIEHS Update (647KB)
Joseph "Chip" Hughes, Sharon D. Beard, Ted Outwater, Jim Remington, Kathy Ahlmark, Pam Clark and Donald Ellis, NIEHS
2:15-2:30 p.m. NIEHS National Clearinghouse Update
Deborah Weinstock, NIEHS National Clearinghouse
3:00-3:30 p.m. Tools for Chemical and Emergency Response (4MB)
Bert J Hakkinen, National Library of Medicine
3:30-4:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Business Official Meeting
2012 NIH Grants Management Update (211KB)
Pam Clark and Donald Ellis, NIEHS

Program Official Meeting
Joseph "Chip" Hughes, Jr., Ted Outwater, Kathy Ahlmark, and Jim Remington, NIEHS

Minority Worker Training Meeting
Minority Worker Training Program Breakout Session (558KB)
Sharon D. Beard, NIEHS
4:30 p.m. Adjourn

Prove It Makes a Difference Workshop

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Time Topic
9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
Joseph "Chip" Hughes, Jr., WETP Director, NIEHS
9:15-9:30 a.m. The Importance of Evaluating Safety and Health Training (217KB)
Joseph "Chip" Hughes, Jr., WETP Director, NIEHS
9:30-10:00 a.m. Keynote Address: Current and Future Safety and Health Training Expectations Under 21st Century Workplace and Socioeconomic Conditions (629KB)
Craig Slatin, University of Massachusetts, Lowell/New England Consortium
Rappateur, Eula Bingham, former Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health
10:00-10:15 a.m. Logic Models
Kristi Pettibone, NIEHS
10:15-10:30 a.m. WETP Logic Model Presentation (1MB)
10:45-11:05 a.m. Findings from the Review of Awardee Evaluations (452KB)
Hannah Leker, former NIEHS Senior Intern
11:05 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Evaluation Tools/Methods
Moderator: Sharon D. Beard, NIEHS
1:30-2:00 p.m. E-Learning: Did They Like It, Did They Learn It, Did They Change? (3MB)
Tom Ouimet, Office of Environmental Health and Safety, Yale University
2:00-2:40 p.m. Response Panel and Discussion
Moderator: Ted Outwater, NIEHS
3:00-5:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Evaluation Approaches for Training with Underserved Populations
Linda Delp, UCLA-LOSH/Western Region Universities Consortium, Tipawan Reed, OAI, and Ebony Turner, Dillard University

Learning Theories and How They Connect to Evaluation Approaches
Bob Feldman, UMD/OAI, Kevin Riley, UCLA-LOSH/Western Region Universities Consortium, and Louise Weidner, UMDNJ

Evaluating Site Specific Training (Toolbox talks, etc.) (1MB)
Steve Fenton, Fenton & Associates, Bruce Lippy, CPWR, and Sue Ann Sarpy, Sarpy & Associates
5:00 p.m. Adjourn for the Day

Friday, October 12, 2012

Time Topic
9:00-10:00 a.m. Approaches to Training Evaluation- How Training Effectiveness Can Be Measured
Moderator: Donald Elisburg, National Clearinghouse
10:00-10:30 a.m. Open Discussion with Panel
10:45-11:15 a.m. Report Back from Previous Day's Breakout Sessions
11:15-11:45 a.m. Group Logic Model Feedback
11:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. Next Steps, Wrap Up, and Adjourn

Suggested Readings from the Workshop

Workshop participants were encouraged to review the New Solutions special issue on Worker Health and Safety Training, particularly the article titled "Learning to Take Action: The Goals of Health and Safety Training."

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