NCTraCS workshops on research skills

The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) will hold a series of research workshops in Greensboro over the next several months.  The workshops are open to all audiences and provide foundational information to facilitate research, foster partnerships, and build skills.

The NC TraCS Institute at UNC-CH is funded by a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The schedule:

Introduction to Program Evaluation, March 10, 2011
The Program Evaluation Workshop will discuss the purpose for doing evaluation and familiarize participants with process, impact, and outcome evaluation. Participants will also become familiar with different evaluation designs and methods for doing program evaluation. This workshop will cover resources available for doing program evaluation.

Intermediate Program Evaluation, March 17, 2011
The Intermediate Program Evaluation Workshop will allow participants from community organizations to outline and discuss elements of a program evaluation plan in more depth than the introductory workshop.  This workshop will review the purpose for doing evaluation, and the different evaluation types and methods. Participants will then explore strengths of and obstacles to successful evaluation and outline an evaluation plan.

Communicating Health Information, April 19, 2011
The Communicating Health Information Workshop will introduce participants to basic health communication strategies that inform individual and community decisions about health. This workshop will identify different channels for delivering health information and offer strategies for identifying and reaching target audiences.

Presenting Data Professionally, May 5, 2011
If you have completed a research project and want to share your results, this workshop is for you! This workshop will discuss the nuts and bolts of presenting data professionally, including guidelines for writing an abstract, and effective presentation strategies. This workshop is NOT focused on dissemination of data. Instead, this workshop focuses on key components for poster and oral presentations of your data.

Manuscript Writing, May 24, 2011
Have you ever wondered how to submit a write-up of your research project for publication? If so, this introductory workshop is for you. We will review ways of finding an appropriate journal/publication for your topic, common elements of a manuscript, and guidelines for authorship. This basic workshop focuses on the common format of manuscript writing, and necessary considerations for publication.

Evidence-Based Interventions, June 10, 2011
The Evidence-Based Interventions (EBI) Workshop will provide a basic introduction to evidence-based interventions and their importance in community health promotion. This workshop will define evidence-based, and compare EBIs to other interventions. Participants will learn how to find EBIs and consider how to adapt them to meet their specific needs.

For more information and registration, visit the NC TraCS Institute website.

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