Center Evaluation

Our Center evaluation plan involves the systematic tracking and evaluation of our many activities. Below is our "How-are-we-doing" scorecard that presents top-level measures of interest to our target audiences; the underlying detail is below that.


Our goal is to assess the quality, utility, feasibility, impact, and value of our research, outreach and education activities, translation to practice and dissemination efforts. Gathered via quantitative (e.g., surveys/ evaluation metrics) and qualitative methods (e.g., interviews, focus groups discussions), our program evaluation will help track our path from inputs through activities, to outcome achievement (see the OHWC logic model).  Through a continually evolving process, our program evaluation strategy is to amalgamate the data across various indicators.

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center's Impact

How Effective Are Our Interventions?

Click the table below to read more on the effectiveness of our interventions during our 2011 to 2016 funding cycle.Click to expand

Peer-Reviewed Publications

View our complete list of publications.

Peer-reviewed publications from OHWC-funded projects:

  • 2011- 2016: 12
  • Since 2016: 14

[Updated May 2019]

Translation to Practice: Tools & Toolkits

As part of our continuing efforts to translate research to practice, we proudly feature our Tool and Toolkits kiosk.


The Toolkit Kiosk houses evidence-based resources ready for implementation within organizations and businesses. These safety, health and well-being toolkits are NIOSH-funded projects where we designed, developed, and rigorously tested interventions for Total Worker Health. Click on toolkit to learn more.

Improving the Total Worker Health in home care workers. The Oregon Home Care Commission is making the COMPASS training available within their established training system to its home care workers.

Supervisors play a crucial role in the safety, health and well-being of their employees. The US Forest Service implemented and tested a tailored version of the supervisor training from the SHIP toolkit.

Young workers need Total Worker Health too! The training has been adopted by seasonal young workers within City of Portland parks and rec. Also, an adaptation of the PUSH training was implemented by the Bureau of Labor and Industries.

Be Super!
Total Worker Health for construction workers. An adaption of the BeSuper! toolkit is being tested and disseminated in several vineyards around Oregon.


Our collection of expert-recommended resources that can be used as team activities. Tools are organized by topic, industry, and format. A featured tool created by our institute and designed for use in safety, health and well-being workplace huddles are our Health Impacts Safety guides. These guides offer information and active strategies for various health topics pertinent to the workplace, and a popular tool at our conference tables.

Community Education

All outreach and education outcomes reflect the effort of the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center.

Bi-annual Symposia (Spring & Fall)

2018 Symposium

  • Average attendance per event: 80 in Spring, 127 in Fall (plus 10 - 15 via webinar)
  • Average event rating by attendees: 4.6 out of 5
  • # visits to Symposia webpage: 1477

2017 Symposium

  • Average attendance per event: 98 in Spring, 84 in Fall (plus 10-15 via webinar)
  • Average event rating by attendees: 4.7 out of 5
  • # visits to Symposia webpage: 2908

Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute (every other year)

2018 Summer Institute

  • Average attendance: 74
  • Average event rating by attendees: 4.41 out of 5

2016 Summer Institute

  • Average attendance: 93
  • Average event rating by attendees: 4.5 out of 5

[Updated April  2019)

Website and Social Media



[Last Updated, 2019, Q1 data]


See what our attendees are saying about our symposia:

Given by attendees (anonymous) from our Fall 2017 symposia, Navigating Mental Health in the Workplace

  • "Another incredible symposium, taking the audience on a journey from an introduction of the topic, through various deeper aspects of it, to a final resolve, understanding; and feeling of a positive future. Thank you!"
  • "Love the extra time time for networking! Wonderful to talk to others on such an important topic." 
  • "Being a social worker, I am very familiar with many of these topics. However, I think these are really good topics for those who don't have direct mental health training."
  • "Excellent content. One of the best trainings I have been to in a long time."
  • "Loved the variety of speakers support different aspects of the general topic."

See what our participants are saying about our toolkits

"I think anybody new coming into this field should have to take the COMPASS class…because it will help exponentially"   

"...I think of myself personally as a caregiver - I may focus on my consumer employer's needs more than my own needs, and so [COMPASS] really did bring an awareness that if my needs, you know my health…my mental health and everything, if I'm balanced, then I feel that I'm a better caregiver" 

"Employees were cautious at first but now they're the ones asking supervisors if they can revisit the team effectiveness goals. They're really enthusiastic."


"The content in the PUSH training helps us ensure that our staff is prepared to work safely and provides information about their rights as workers and encourages them to speak up when they have questions…"

"…we believe that using PUSH as a standard training for new hires is a wise investment in our employees. Not only does it enhance the training that we require for all workers, but the online format allows us to save time and money that we would otherwise need to spend on in-person training." 

Supervisor Training
"The program was fun and there was lots of good information. I particularly liked how the staff delivered the program. I would recommend this to others including our main offices…"

"…It made me more aware of being a good role model to fellow coworkers and to also always be a good safety representative…I especially enjoyed the weekly meetings and the camaraderie shared by our team…"

"Thanks in part to our attending OHWC symposia and GOSH sessions, we are moving down the path of making everyone…aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, how it relates to a better worker and combining it with safety to get a total package –a healthy and safe worker."