Center for Evaluating Rural Interventions (CERI)
The Center for Evaluating Rural Interventions (CERI) is the evaluation division of the Research Institute at the Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, New York. CERI conducts internal as well as external evaluations commissioned under contract. CERI provides service s including refining evaluation questions(s), partnering in program planning, creating systems that incorporate measurement and real-time reporting, assisting stakeholders in understanding data and writing evaluation sections for grants. Here are a few examples of our current and past evaluation studies.
Northeast Center NEC for Occupational Health and Safety-Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (AFF) - is one of nine centers in the United States funded by NIOSH whose mission is to reduce rates of AFF injury and illness. NEC serves a 12-state region from Maine to Maryland and Delaware. We have used social networking analysis to monitor the networking among six scientific projects funded by NEC and conducted in association with Harvard, UMASS Lowell and Penn State. The most recent NEC sociogram demonstrates how the network is expanding both in size and cross-disciplinary links. Melissa Scribani presented these results at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) meetings in 2013.
The Bassett Research Institute evaluated the Baby&Me Tobacco Free Program, which originated in Chautauqua County, NY, and was implemented by funded applicants to the Promising Interventions Request for Applications from the NYS DOH (New York State Department of Health) Tobacco Control and Prevention Program. The evaluation measured the results of the Baby&Me program by tabulating and analyzing biochemically verified quit rates among pregnant and early parenting women. The evaluation showed that Baby&Me was an effective smoking cessation program given that it targeted both the prenatal and post-partum periods. Nancy Tallman presented these results at the AEA meetings in 2008.
We have also been involved in the evaluation of New York State’s Office on Mental Health funded Project TEACH (Training and Education for the Advancement of Children’s Health). The goals of this statewide training/consultation/access project were to improve the treatment of mild and moderate child mental health disorders in primary care, promote appropriate psychotropic medication prescribing practices, increase access to child adolescent psychiatrists, consultation support, and increase linkages within the health care system. Our qualitative evaluation showed that the training model achieved its goals, but future and sustained support of primary care providers will be needed to fully integrate primary and mental health services. Anne Gadomski presented these results at the AEA meetings in 2013.
Anne Gadomski, MD, MPH
Director, Bassett Research Institute / Attending Pediatrician
Melissa Scribani, MPH
Junior Research Investigator / Statistician
Nancy Tallman, BS