Pivot! New opportunities in culturally-responsive evaluation

December 17, 2020
by Sarah Hellesen

Even in years not dominated by a global pandemic, our plans do not always go the way we’d like.

In tobacco control, that might look like a key decision maker opposing a policy we’d hoped to pass, or a survey failing to yield helpful data. Sometimes the plans that need to change are our literal evaluation plans. And sometimes the events we look forward to attending all year pivot completely.

Non-Traditional Partners: Just friends you haven’t made yet?

December 17, 2020
by Danielle Lippert and Jorge Andrews

In recent years the term “non-traditional” partners has been used in public health and by the California Tobacco Control Program. The idea is to invite voices to join us that may not be obvious allies to tobacco control.

You may wonder, why the push? Why now? How does this benefit my project?

What Makes for a Good Training?

October 09, 2020
by Robin Kipke

This summer I had the opportunity to participate in several professional development trainings with big name people in the evaluation world—names you see associated with foundational evaluation theories and publications—B-I-G.  And these were not just short presentations of an hour or two, but 10-12 hour courses that took place over a period of weeks. 

Foundations of Data Equity

October 09, 2020
by Danielle Lippert and Jorge Andrews 

In June, we had the opportunity to attend a two half-day workshop, Foundations of Data Equity, hosted by We All Count, and presented by Heather Krause.

Going Back to School

October 09, 2020
by Catherine Dizon

My daughter, as with the rest of the students in California, started school virtually a few weeks ago.  Do you remember your time in elementary school?  Learning the basics.  Enjoying story time and circle time.  Absorbing everything you see and hear.  Getting lots of time to play and explore.  Well we got a little piece of that experience when we took Katherine Haugh’s Visual Note-Taking 101: Encouraging Dynamic Participation through Visual Storytelling e-Learning course through the A

Congratulations to Diana Cassady On Her Retirement!

July 20, 2020

The TCEC team extends its warmest wishes to Diana Cassady, DrPH, as she begins her retirement. Dr. Cassady has been the Principal Investigator of TCEC since 2007, and we owe her an enormous debt of gratitude for her leadership. We will miss her, and we wish her the best!

Get to know TCEC!

July 07, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the team at the Tobacco Control Evaluation Center wants to connect with California's tobacco control projects by sharing more about what TCEC does for you. Check out our video below! 

Now Available: QuaranTEAMing Round 2 recording

June 25, 2020

On Thursday, June 25, TCEC facilitated the second of two group TA sessions with our partners around the state to discuss the challenges and resources for conducting evaluation activities during the shelter in place and COVID-19 environment.  Together we shared some tips and support to help get through this together.