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2017

Defining Systems to Evaluate System Efficiency and Effectiveness
Article focuses on the application of systems thinking, systems theory and systems evaluation theory (SET) in evaluating of modern day systems efficiency and effectiveness.
Author(s): Renger, R., Foltysova, J., Renger, J., Booze, W.
Publication: Evaluation Journal of Australasia, 17(3), 4-13
Date: August 2017
Evaluating System Cascading Failures
In the article, Renger and coauthors share methods used to evaluate system cascading failures.
Author(s): Renger, R., Foltysova, J., Ienuso, S., Renger, J., Booze, W.
Publication: Evaluation Journal of Austalasia, 17(2), 29-36
Date: June 2017
Being Smart about Writing SMART Objectives
Article discusses the issues that occur when baseline data is missing when using the mainstream SMART method for developing program objectives. Also offers guidance on delineating between different contexts when using the SMART method.
Author(s): Bjerke, M., Renger, R.
Publication: Evaluation and Program Planning, 61, 125-127
Date: April 2017
An Interprofessional Programme to Culturally Sensitise Students to the Needs of Patients and Realities of Practice in Rural Areas
The University of North Dakota programme, Students/residents Experiences And Rotations in Community Health (SEARCH), was implemented to address recruitment and retention problems and stereotypes associated with practicing in rural areas.
Author(s): Schuller, K., Amundson, M., McPherson, M., Halaas, G.
Publication: Journal of Interprofessional Care, 28, 1-3
Date: February 2017
Community Health Centers Providing Dental Care to Disparate Populations in North Dakota
This case study explores how Community Health Centers in North Dakota provide dental care to disparate populations, while also identifying opportunities to close the gap that exists in accessing oral healthcare.
Author(s): Schroeder, S., Lee, J.
Publication: American Journal of Medical Research, 4(1), 50-60
Date: January 2017

2016

Illustrating the Evaluation of System Feedback Mechanisms using System Evaluation Theory (SET)
This article illustrates how system evaluation theory guided the evaluation of system feedback mechanisms within the cardiac care response systems of seven rural states.
Author(s): Renger, R.
Publication: Evaluation Journal of Australasia, 16(4), 14-20
Date: December 2016
Suggested Guidelines for Writing Reflective Case Narratives
Discusses the use of adult learning theory to restructure case narratives so as to increase their effectiveness as a resource for transferring knowledge, sharing ideas, and keeping a pulse on the dynamic and fluid process of evaluation.
Author(s): Becker, K., Renger, R.
Publication: American Journal of Evaluation
Date: August 2016
Process Flow Mapping for Systems Improvement: Lessons Learned
The article details how to conduct process flow mapping for systems improvement. The method and its importance are explained in the context of evaluating a cardiac care system.
Author(s): Renger, R., McPherson, M., Kontz-Bartels, T., Becker, K.
Publication: The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 31(1)
Date: July 2016
Changing Population Health Policy: A Model for Identifying Health Needs and Recommendations to Improve Health Status
Article describes an objective assessment of the oral health environment in North Dakota as a model in identifying needs and providing policy recommendations to improve health outcomes.
Author(s): Schroeder, S.
Publication: Population Health Management, 19(3), 216-223
Date: June 2016
National Data Collection Efforts Pose Challenges for Many EMS Agencies
Rural EMS agencies face challenges in participating in national data collection efforts. The article presents the consequences of these challenges and propose some suggestions for EMS leadership when confronted with requests to participate in national data collection efforts. Note: Login is required.
Author(s): Renger, R., Qin, X., Rice, D., Foltysova, J., & Renger, J.
Publication: EMS Insider
Date: June 2016

2015

System Evaluation Theory (SET): A Practical Framework for Evaluators to Meet the Challenges of System Evaluation
The article presents a guiding framework for evaluators to conduct systems evaluation: system evaluation theory (SET). The article defines systems, system theory, and system thinking, as well as discusses the confusion in evaluation literature surrounding the use of these terms. Three guiding principles for evaluating modern day systems are presented.
Author(s): Renger, R.
Publication: Evaluation Journal of Australasia, 15(4), 16-28
Date: December 2015
Assessment of Anxiety Among Northern Plains Indians
Article examines the reliability and validity of the Beck Anxiety Inventory by comparing scores among three different diagnostic categories.
Author(s): Gray, J., McCullagh, J., Petros, T.
Publication: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Date: November 2015
Food Security, Depression and Quality of Life in Northern Plains Indians
Article presents a research program designed with the objective of exploring the relationships between health disparities, high levels of poverty, and food insecurity in Native American and Alaskan Native communities.
Author(s): Gray, J.S., Gonzaga, K., Penland, J.G., Lukaski, H., and Stensland, P.
Publication: Journal of Indigenous Research, 4(2015), Article 3
Date: June 2015
Indicators of Buy-in to Gauge Evaluation Success
The article suggests a set of indicators of buy-in that novice evaluators can use to assess stakeholder engagement and responsiveness. It also showcases a tracking tool which serves as a systematic, responsive prompt to monitor buy-in.
Author(s): Becker, K., Renger, R., McPherson, M.
Publication: Evaluation Journal of Australasia, 15(2), 12-21
Date: June 2015
Conducting Community Health Needs Assessments in Rural Communities
Article addresses the lessons learned in conducting community health needs assessments and discusses the Rural Community Group Model for conducting assessments.
Author(s): Becker, Karin L.
Publication: Health Promotion Practice, 16(1), 15-19
Date: January 2015

2014

Lessons Learned in Testing the Feasibility of Evaluating Transfer of Training to an Operations Setting
Article explores the feasibility, identifies challenges, and offers solutions to evaluation transfer of training to the operations setting. Eight lessons are shared including the need to design training courses to align to an operation-based exercise.
Author(s): Renger, R.; Granillo, B.
Publication: Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, 20(5), 30-36
Date: September 2014
Contributing Factors to the Continued Blurring of Evaluation and Research: Strategies for Moving Forward
Article published in the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation that examines contributing factors to purpose-method incongruence for evaluation and research.
Author(s): Renger, R.
Publication: Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 29(1), 104-117
Date: May 2014
North Dakota Assistance Program For Dementia Caregivers Lowered Utilization, Produced Savings, And Increased Empowerment
North Dakota’s state-funded Dementia Care Services Program provides individualized assistance to caregivers of persons with dementia.
Author(s): Klug, M. G., Halaas, G. W., & Peterson, M. L.
Publication: Journal of Health Affairs, 33(4), 605-612
Date: April 2014

2013

Deliberation Derived Process (DDP) Evaluation
Describes a methodology for conducting process evaluations.
Author(s): Renger, R., Foltysova, J.
Publication: Evaluation Journal of Australasia
Date: November 2013
The Reciprocal Relationship Between Implementation Theory and Program Theory in Assisting Program Design and Decision-Making
Discusses how Theory Driven Evaluation and two if its central tenets – program theory and implementation theory – can be used to inform and assist programmatic decision-making.
Author(s): Renger, R., Bartel, G., Foltysova, J.
Publication: Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 28(1), 27-41
Date: March 2013