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Projects

Current Projects (2019-2020)

Evaluation of the SD QuitLine

The SD QuitLine evaluation uses multi-modal survey data collection methods to gather information on both the effectiveness of the service and level of satisfaction among program participants. A variety of reports and infographics depicting this data are produced each year and used in communities in SD for tobacco use prevention and cessation efforts. Some of this information is also shared at the national level to support initiatives to develop best practices for quit lines nationwide.

Evaluation of the SD Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

The specific aims of this ongoing evaluation project with the South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (SD CCCP) are: (a) to examine public health and program outcomes related to the six components of the SD CCCP, (b) to monitor and report on evaluation indicators for the priority components of the SD CCCP, including revisions to the statewide cancer control plan, and (d) to guide and assist stakeholders with development and implementation of evaluation plans for SD CCCP activities.

Evaluation of the South Dakota Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

The South Dakota Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (SD BCCEDP) implements cancer prevention and control activities to reduce the burden of breast and cervical cancer in South Dakota. The five-year funding cycle is focused on increasing appropriate breast and cervical cancer screening services through provision of cancer screenings, eliminating barriers, and implementing key evidence-based strategies. Program evaluation over the 5-year grant period aims to: (a) examine the extent to which the program reaches targeted goals of improving education and access to screening, particularly among low-income and uninsured individuals, (b) monitor program outcome indicators, including number of individuals served, and ultimately, rates of breast and cervical cancer screening in SD, (c) guide and assist program staff in continuous program improvement, and (d) disseminate successes and best practices so these efforts can be applied in similar settings within and beyond the state’s borders. The SD BCCEDP is committed to providing stakeholders with an annual evaluation report demonstrating the effectiveness and impact of the program.

Evaluation of the South Dakota Colorectal Cancer Control Program

The South Dakota Colorectal Cancer Control Program (SD CRCCP) uses a collaborative and coordinated approach between public health, communities, and health care systems to implement cancer prevention and control activities to reduce the burden of colorectal cancer in South Dakota communities. The 5-year funding cycle is focused on increasing colorectal cancer screening rates among a defined target population of persons aged 50-75 years of age within five partner health systems and numerous clinic sites serving a defined geographical area or disparate population.Program evaluation over the 5-year grant period aims to: (a) examine the extent to which the program reaches targeted goals of improving education and access to CRC screening, particularly among low-income and uninsured individuals, (b) monitor program outcome indicators, including rates of CRC cancer screening in SD, (c) guide and assist program staff in continuous program improvement, and (d) disseminate successes and best practices so these efforts can be applied in similar settings within and beyond the state’s borders. The SD CRCCP is committed to providing stakeholders with an annual evaluation report demonstrating the effectiveness and impact of the program.

Cancer Data Analyst: Outcomes of the All Women Count Program!

The All Women Count! Program provides access to breast and cervical cancer screening to income-eligible women in SD. This contract provides analytic support for cancer data generated by the program to determine data trends, disparities, and screening rates by county, gender and race to inform program efforts.

Cancer Data Analysis and Evaluation

This contract provide analytic support for annually identified cancer data priorities to determine cancer specific data trends and disparities to inform efforts across the 5 SD Cancer Programs in the SD Department of Health. A second purpose is to support evaluation services for the Cancer Registry to ensure data integrity and dissemination of cancer information in the state.

Evaluation of the SD Cancer Registry

The primary purpose of the South Dakota Cancer Registry (SDCR) is to coordinate efforts to collect and disseminate high quality data on reportable incidence cancer cases in a timely manner, report and promote useful information for cancer control and prevention programs, respond to public cancer concerns and maintain state policies to improve registry procedures. The five-year funding cycle is focused on activities that support program collaborations and partnerships to expand the application of SDCR data. Evaluation is used in a continuous program improvement manner to ensure collaborations with key organizations are established for the purpose of expanding the reach and use of caner surveillance data, and to improve selections, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based interventions.

Evaluation of the SD Rape Prevention Education Program

The South Dakota Rape Prevention Education (RPE) program coordinates statewide activities and facilitates partnerships designed to increase awareness of sexual violence, improve knowledge and promote social norms that protect against sexual violence, and decrease violence supporting attitudes and behaviors. Evaluation is used to monitor and assess the effectiveness of training, implementation, collaboration, and policy efforts as well as monitor progress toward reducing sexual violence throughout the state.

Youth Tobacco Survey Administration

The Youth Tobacco Survey is a biennial school-based survey that collects information on tobacco prevalence, knowledge and attitudes, exposure to tobacco media/advertising and minor access to tobacco. In South Dakota, the survey is carried out among middle school students (grades 6-8). After data collection and analysis, a comprehensive report is provided to the South Dakota Department of Health (SD DOH) and some of the results are also shared at the national level.

Statewide Focus Groups to Inform the Office of Child and Family Services State Plan

The South Dakota Department of Health Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS), in collaboration with other state partners, conducted a statewide needs assessment as part of the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant. This needs assessment occurs once every five years and is intended to assist OCFS in identifying the health needs of South Dakota women, children, and families. As part of this needs assessment, four focus groups were conducted in various communities throughout the state to explore the health service needs of youth and families, barriers to service utilization, and potential solutions to address service gaps and overcome barriers. The information gathered will be used by OCFS to develop key strategies, objectives, and relevant performance measures that align with the identified health needs for the next five-year MCH state plan (2021-2025).

Evaluation of the Sanford Patient Navigation Program for Children with Complex Medical Conditions (CMC)

Sanford Children’s Specialty Clinic partnered with the South Dakota Department of Health (SD DOH) to offer this new program aimed at improving care for children with CMC. Evaluation of the program will examine health outcomes, family needs, provider perceptions, coordination of care, cost considerations, and communication across family stakeholders before and after program participation. Pre/post information will be collected using family surveys, surveys of affiliated professionals, and tracking information on services provided by the program.


 Past Projects

  • A Statewide Assessment of Smoke-Free Policy in Multi-unit Housing
  • Assessment of Palliative and End of Life Care in South Dakota
  • Assessing Readiness to Select Outcome Indicators for Monitoring and Evaluation of the SD Rape Prevention Education Program
  • Assessment of Tobacco-Free Policy in Healthcare Facilities Statewide
  • Assessment of Tobacco-Free Policy in Post-secondary Educational Facilities in South Dakota
  • Assessment of Tobacco-Free School Policy in K-12 Schools
  • Evaluation of the SD Cancer Survivorship Program
  • Facilitation and Evaluation of the SD Palliative Care Network
  • Healthcare Provider Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices, and Beliefs about Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Listen to the People: Perceptions of the SD Cancer Control Plan
  • Statewide Capacity for Colorectal Cancer Screening