Caroline Taggart, MPH

Senior Evaluator

Caroline Taggart, M.P.H.

Caroline Taggart enjoys helping organizations achieve their goals through planning and evaluation. Caroline previously spent several years teaching middle school, followed by three years directing a federally-funded longitudinal research project. Seeking a way to combine the rigors of research methodology with the “real-world” of working in schools and communities, Caroline joined Via Evaluation. Currently, she evaluates several projects including School Climate Transformation Grants, 21st Century Learning Centers, Department of Defense Education Activity, and Elementary and Secondary Counseling. In addition, Caroline has worked on special projects such as Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey analysis and reporting, school attendance analyses, Community Needs Assessments, and Logic Modeling. Although well-versed in quantitative methodology, Caroline has extensive background in and a love for qualitative methods.

Caroline holds a BA in English from Barnard College and a Master’s of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned the Robert E. Bryan Fellowship for Community Service research and a Foreign Language Area Studies Scholarship. She continues to further her evaluation expertise through courses with The Evaluator’s Institute at George Washington University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/American Evaluation Association’s Annual Summer Institute, and the American Evaluation Association’s Annual Conference. In addition to membership with the American Evaluation Association, Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, and the American Public Health Association, Caroline serves on the After-School Network of Western New York Steering Committee.


Professional Membership(s)

American Evaluation Association  American Public Health Association  Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness

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Education

• Louisiana Teaching Certification, Secondary English Language Arts, The New Teacher Project, 2003
• MPH Health Behavior and Health Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• BA English and Psychology: Barnard College, Columbia University

Project Experience

• 21st Century Community Learning Center
• Community-Based Abstinence Education
• Department of Defense Education Activity
• Elementary and Secondary Counseling
• Extended School Day/School Violence Prevention
• School Climate Transformation Grant
• Teen Pregnancy Prevention Tier IB (US Office of Adolescent Health)
• Criteria Schools Admissions Scoring
• Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey Analysis and Reporting

Formal Training

• Perconter: Building a Student At-Risk Prediction Model, 2017
• American Evaluation Association e-Study: Monitoring and Evaluation Planning for Programs, 2017
• The Evaluator’s Institute: Linking Evaluation Questions to Analysis Techniques, 2013
• American Evaluation Association: Utilization-Focused Evaluation, 2011
• The Evaluators’ Institute: Design and Administration of Internet, Mail and Mixed-Mode Surveys, 2011
• American Evaluation Association: Determining Effect Size in Evaluation, 2010
• American Evaluation Association: Quantitative Methods for Evaluation, 2010
• The Evaluators’ Institute: Using Non-Experimental Designs for Impact Evaluation, 2010
• American Evaluation Association and Centers for Disease Control: Summer Training Institute, 2010
• The Evaluators’ Institute: Qualitative Data Analysis, 2010
• Family and Youth Services Bureau: Evaluating Community-Based Risk Prevention Programs for Youth, 2010
• The Evaluators’ Institute: Qualitative Evaluation Methods, 2010
• Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine: Advancing School Mental Health, 14th Annual Conference, 2009
• The Evaluators’ Institute: Working with Evaluation Stakeholders, 2009
• Nick Woolf Consulting: Atlas.ti Intensive Training, 2008

Certifications

• What Works Clearinghouse Group Design Standards Training, 2017
• MVP Security Certification, Security Training, 2016
• HIPPA Certification 2016, HIPAA Security & Privacy Training, 2016
• NIH Human Participants Protection Education for Research Teams
• CITI Social/Behavioral Research Program in the Protection of Human Research Subjects
• Green Security, LLC Clearance

Conferences

• American Education and Finance Policy (AEFP) 43rd Annual Conference, Portland, OR, 2018.
• American Public Health Association (APHA) 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo, Atlanta, GA, 2017.
• Global Implementation Conference, Toronto, ON, 2017.
• Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., 2017
• American Evaluation Association Conference, 2016
• Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., 2016
• American Evaluation Association Conference, 2015
• Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., 2015
• National PBIS Leadership Forum, Rosemont, IL, 2014
• Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., 2014
• American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (Presenter), 2013
• Advancing School Mental Health Conference, Washington, D.C. (Presenter), 2013
• Linking Evaluation Questions to Analysis Techniques, The Evaluator’s Institute, Washington, D.C., 2013
• American Evaluation Association/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Summer Institute, Atlanta, 2013
• Applied Regression, The Evaluator’s Institute, Washington, D.C., 2012
• American Evaluation Association/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Summer Institute, Atlanta, 2012
• Design and Administration of Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys, The Evaluator’s Institute, Washington, D.C., 2011
• American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, 2010
• Centers for Disease Control/American Evaluation Association Summer Institute, 2010
• Community-Based Abstinence Education Grant Conference, 2010
• Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, 2009
• New York State 21st CCLC/ESD Conference, 2009
• Research Society on Alcoholism, 2009
• American Public Health Association Annual Conference, 2008

 

Publications/Presentations

Senter, L., Taggart, C., Middleton, D., Martin, S., (2017, December) Applying a collective impact framework to dramatically reduce teen pregnancy rates in Buffalo, New York: evaluating a collaborative approach to implementing systems-level changes and evidence-based interventions. 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health, Arlington, VA.

Taggart, C., Senter, L., Middleton, D., Martin, S., Drayton, M. (2017, November) HOPE Buffalo Initiative: Integrating the Collective Impact Framework to Guide a Countywide Cross-sector Collaboration to Reduce Buffalo’s Teen Pregnancy Rate. APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo, Atlanta, GA.

Taggart, C., Hubbard, P. (2016, October). Survey Reports Simplified. AEA 2016 Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Weitzel, J.A., Taggart, C. (2015, November). Evaluating “Mature” Programs That Aren’t So Mature: Practical and Ethical Implications. AEA 2015 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Weitzel, J.A., Taggart, C. (2015, October). Make Your Data Work for You. Association of New York State Youth Bureaus Annual Youth Development Training Conference, Niagara Falls, NY.

Taggart, C., Alvarez, C. (2015, October). Maximizing Impact through Program Monitoring and Evaluation. Association of NY State Youth Bureaus Annual Youth Development Training Conference, Niagara Falls, NY.

Taggart, C. (2015, May). Program Monitoring and Evaluation. United Way of Buffalo and Erie County Board Member Training. Buffalo, NY.

Parks, K.A., Hsieh, Y., Taggart, C., Bradizza, C.M. 2014. A Longitudinal Analysis of Drinking and Victimization in College Women: Is There a Reciprocal Relationship? Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, (28:4), 943-951.

Jessica Weitzel and Caroline A. Taggart. “Strategies for Effective Reporting.” Presented at the American Evaluation Association’s Evaluation 2013 Annual Meeting: Washington, D.C., November 2013.

Caroline Taggart and Cheri Alvarez. “Closing the Gap: Partnering to Improve School Climate, Access to Mental Health Services, and Student Outcomes.” Presented at the Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health: Washington, D.C., October 2013.

Jessica Weitzel and Caroline A. Taggart. “Dealing with Sensitive Data in Community-Based Organization Settings.” Presented at the American Evaluation Association’s Evaluation 2011 Annual Meeting: Anaheim, CA, November 2011

Caroline A. Taggart and Emily Hagstrom. “Using Site Visits to Improve Programs”. Presented at the American Evaluation Association’s Evaluation 2010 Annual Meeting: San Antonio, TX, November 2010

Caroline A. Taggart, Ahmad Rufai-Abdullah. “Barriers to reproductive health care among Muslim immigrants in the Triangle area: A qualitative exploration”. Accepted for presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting: Philadelphia, PA, November 2009.

Caroline A. Taggart, Kathleen A. Parks, Kristine Levonyan-Radloff, Amy Hequembourg. “A Qualitative Comparison of Alcohol and Non-Alcohol Involved Sexual Aggression in a Sample of College Women”. Presented at Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Meeting: San Diego, California, June 2009.

Kathleen A. Parks, Kristine Levonyan-Radloff, Lorraine Collins, Caroline A. Taggart. “A Qualitative Analysis of Risky Sexual Events Reported by a Sample of Young Women Bar Drinkers”. Presented at Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Meeting: San Diego, California, June 2009.

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