Research and Evaluation

The Center for Rural Health undertakes research and evaluation initiatives to support rural and tribal communities by:

  • identifying and describing health disparities
  • examining issues related to health care service delivery
  • determining the effectiveness of programs and interventions aimed at improving rural and tribal health
  • supporting the development of research expertise

What We Can Do for You

In the area of research and evaluation, we offer:

Our Expertise

The Center for Rural Health is home to many programs engaged in research. The Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center is one of seven federally-funded rural health research centers. CRH is also home to the National Resource Center on Native American Aging, which works with tribes nationwide on community-based participatory research. CRH faculty conduct research on behalf of foundations and North Dakota state government agencies, as well as through support from a variety of federal agencies. The Center's researchers have a wide network of contacts involved in rural health research across the country, as well as connections with key organizations and agencies within North Dakota. Mapping and working with large databases, including Medicare data, are particular skills of the Center's research team. The Center also has faculty with extensive experience in program planning and evaluation for local, county, state, federal, and international programs. Our evaluation experts can help plan and conduct evaluations for a wide variety of programs.

Key Contacts

We are interested in all aspects of research that relate to rural and tribal health. For general inquiries about CRH research:

For inquiries about specific research topics:

Most Recent Publications

  • Indicators of Buy-in to Gauge Evaluation Success
    Becker, K., Renger, R., McPherson, M.
    Evaluation Journal of Australasia, Volume 15 Issue 2 Pages 12-21, June 2015
    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.
  • Perspectives of Rural Hospice Directors
    Gibbens, B., Schroeder, S., Knudson, A. and Hart, G. March 2015
    Examines hospice care within a rural context, including issues regarding regulations, finance/reimbursement, workforce, general rural issues, relationships with other organizations, and technology. Identifies concerns of hospice directors in rural settings.
  • Brushing Up on Dental Care in North Dakota
    Massmann, N. March 2015
    North Dakota Medicine, Vol. 40, Issue 1. The Center for Rural Health makes recommendations based on a study of ways to improve North Dakotans’ oral health.
  • Policy Brief: Use and Performance Variations in U.S. Rural Emergency Departments: Implications for Improving Care Quality and Reducing Costs
    Jonk, Y., Klug, M., & Hart, G. February 2015
    Rural areas have a higher prevalence of subpopulations (younger, low income, and uninsured) that use the Emergency Department (ED) for non-emergent purposes than urban areas. ZIP Code areas with fewer than five primary care physicians per 10,000 had populations that were more likely to use those EDs for non-emergent conditions.
  • Intra Rural and Urban Primary Care Physician Findings: AAMC 2009 Physician Survey of Primary Care Chartbook
    Hart, G. February 2015
    This publication was produced for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Rural Health Policy by Gary Hart Associated under HRSA contract. The report utilizes primary care physician (PCP) survey data, collected by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in 2009/2010 shortly before the Affordable Care Act was made law to preserve a baseline from which to compare future post Affordable Care Act implementation surveys.

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