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How We Do It

Training

Using a variety of training modes and activities, the Center for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT) trains public health practitioners working in state and community programs to support healthy eating, physical activity and obesity prevention.  Center TRT’s training opportunities are:

In-person training

  • An annual, weeklong Obesity Prevention in Public Health Course that includes skill-building sessions; and,

  • Trainings tailored to meet specialized needs;

  • Current scientific recommendations for healthy eating and physical activity;

  • Using the RE-AIM framework for planning and evaluation; and,

  • Implementing specific evidence-based interventions.

Web-based training to promote evidence-based public health practice on such topics as:

  • Current scientific recommendations for healthy eating and physical activity;

  • Using the RE-AIM framework for planning and evaluation; and,

  • Implementing specific evidence-based interventions.

Webinars (live and archived) on the implementation of interventions and other topics posted on the Center TRT website 

Translation

Center TRT has developed a systematic approach to reviewing, packaging and disseminating interventions and policies developed and evaluated in practice settings, as well as interventions tested in research studies. 

Center TRT’s systematic translation process includes:

  • Application of review criteria and review tools to policies and interventions by expert reviewers

  • Summary by two experts (from 6 universities) of the evidence base and potential for public health impact for each policy and intervention reviewed;

  • Packaging of reviewed policies and interventions into a template that organizes practice-relevant content, an evidence summary and the materials needed for implementation; and

  • Dissemination of interventions/policies as research-tested, practice-tested or emerging based on the results of their review.

Evaluation

Center TRT investigators developed an evaluation framework that can be applied to either program or policy evaluation.  The framework is a tool for practitioners to use in conducting evaluations of interventions and policies targeting environmental and behavioral obesity-related outcomes. The framework can be adapted to any obesity prevention program or to any stage of the policy-change process. Application of the framework to a program or policy will result in a logic model that can guide evaluation planning.  Additionally, Center TRT developed model evaluation questions that practitioners can use to form an evaluation plan. Suggested questions cover formative evaluation, process evaluation, and outcome evaluation. Suggested data collection methods are also provided.

Sustainability

In 2011, Center TRT offered a two-part Sustainability Training to support the work of state and community public health practitioners.  As part of the training, Center TRT adapted sustainability tools developed by Washington University in St. Louis and created additional resources, including a guidance template to assist practitioners in the development of a comprehensive Sustainability Plan.  The tools, described below, can be accessed from this website:

  • Program sustainability framework presents a conceptual model for sustainability;     

  • Program sustainability assessment to identify strengths, limitations, and improvements necessary to increase capacity for sustainability; and

  • Program sustainability plan template for states to address challenges and concerns identified in their assessment process.