How We Work

Our center can assemble a highly qualified and experienced team for your project, starting with members of TCEC and adding researchers from the UC Davis faculty and research staff with complementary areas of expertise, such as complex statistical analysis, geospatial mapping and analysis, and instructional design.

Our Approach

Evaluation as Learning. We believe in the power of evaluation to help organizations learn from their own practice so they can use this information to move their programs forward. We recognize and value the experience of client programs and attempt to build upon their knowledge and that of their stakeholders throughout the evaluation process. We see ourselves as facilitators, working with practitioners to help them think through program processes, identify and develop appropriate learning tools, and derive meaning and utility from the evaluation results.


What We Can Do


For California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP)-funded agencies, we provide a range of technical assistance on program evaluation, including in-person and distance training sessions and individualized consultation via telephone and e-mail.


For other agencies, we can meet your evaluation or training needs through contracts or hourly consultation. Based in the Department of Public Health Sciences within the School of Medicine at UC Davis, we have hosted the Tobacco Control Evaluation Center (TCEC) since 2004. In addition, we have conducted research and evaluation for the Public Health Institute, Kaiser Permanente, and the California Department of Public Health on a variety of public health-related topics.


Here are some examples of our specific strengths and skill sets:


Our staff has evaluation experience with the following types of programs:

  • Health promotion implemented by community-based agencies, community clinics, and public schools
  • California workforce development
  • Faith-based workforce development
  • Microenterprise development in rural international settings
  • Health and nutrition education
  • Tobacco control
  • Maternal and child health
  • Community media

Our staff has experience with these research and training methods:

  • Needs assessment
  • Impact evaluation
  • Process and outcome evaluation
  • Participatory evaluation
  • Image-based field research
  • Adult education
  • Organizational capacity building
  • Strategic planning
  • Survey administration using mobile devices