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

  • American Indian Health Research Conference
    Massmann, N. December 2015
    North Dakota Medicine, Volume 40, Issue 4. The annual AIHRC provides a forum for culturally appropriate research.
  • System Evaluation Theory (SET): A Practical Framework for Evaluators to Meet the Challenges of System Evaluation
    Renger, R.
    Evaluation Journal of Australasia, Volume 15 Issue 4 Pages 16-28, December 2015
    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.
  • Assessment of Anxiety Among Northern Plains Indians
    Gray, J., McCullagh, J., Petros, T.
    American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, November 2015
    Article examines the reliability and validity of the Beck Anxiety Inventory by comparing scores among three different diagnostic categories.
  • 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.

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