The Texas Evaluation Network (TEN) is a voluntary statewide organization serving the multidisciplinary interests and needs of evaluation and other allied professionals. The work of TEN is focused in three areas:
1. Promote and advocate for evaluation and building evaluation capacity;
2. Provide professional development opportunities for Texas evaluators; and
3. Establish a venue for networking and the exchange of theoretical, methodological, and practical knowledge related to the field of evaluation.
The Texas Evaluation Network is a formal affiliate of the American Evaluation Association.
We are excited to announce the active recruitment for the Scientific Project Director – Impact Evaluation and Public Health Intelligence, long in development, which posted yesterday. This leadership role will work closely with Dr. Ruth Rechis and me, as co-directors of the Impact Evaluation Core, as well as the matrixed team and boundary spanning community that we all continue to build around impact measurement and management both at MD Anderson and among close institutional partners engaged in this work.
This role will be a central contributor to the Impact Evaluation Core, CPRIT Prevention Program Assessment, and Joint Center on Geospatial Analysis & Health (a joint initiative of UTHealth School of Public Health and MD Anderson), among many other initiatives intended to serve our community with impact and equity at the center. It represents a transformational opportunity for a servant leader to work in partnership with many leaders internal and external to MD Anderson to systematically assess and drive impact both in our community and across our state in the years to come.
This inflection point represents the culmination of years of team-based leadership, values-based leadership, exemplary program evaluation by model initiatives such as Be Well Communities, and expansive visioning in driving the creation of evaluable dissemination initiatives, in comprehensively evaluating impact of initiatives at a program and portfolio level, and in data-centric prioritization of public health practice / community investments.
We are incredibly grateful for the leadership of Blake Harper, MPH, Program Director, who was hired in September 2020 to partner with us in guiding the launch phase for the Impact Evaluation Core. This has resulted in clear demonstration of the importance of this core asset and the acquisition of extramural funding for this work, augmenting seed investment by Community Outreach and Engagement Fund and Moon Shots Program. Blake will continue as a key member of the Impact Evaluation Core team, while also doubling his current leadership efforts for the Platform’s expansive work in HPV vaccination uptake in Texas – building, activating, and growing a statewide HPV vaccination implementation community in partnership with Rosalind Bello, MA, CPHQ – among other new implementation, dissemination, and health equity initiatives in the incubation or launch phase.
We are grateful to the Impact Evaluation Core Advisory Group and the many champions of this work across the University of Texas System institutions as well as within our community-based partner organizations who continue to support a vision of values-based leadership centered on measurable impact, especially as we work together to accelerate societal impact through our science and enhance our accountability to the communities we both serve and seek to serve.
Thank you, in advance, for sharing this opportunity within your networks as we continue to recruit the finest talent to advance this critical work in public health practice, implementation, and impact measurement.
Michael T. Walsh, Jr.
Cancer Prevention & Control
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center