Pediatrics – Developmental & Behavioral
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Program Evaluation Unit
The Pediatric Program Evaluation and Development Group (PED2G) is a multidisciplinary team committed to addressing conditions that threaten the health and well being of children and adolescents but which defy or extend the disease model of illness. For example, after infancy, violence, suicide, unintentional injury, substance abuse and school problems pose a far greater threat to children in the U.S. than infectious diseases.
Increasingly, pediatricians are called upon to address these problems effectively and efficiently – not only through detection, diagnosis, treatment and referral, but through prevention as well. Preventive care is a cornerstone of modern pediatric practice, but these non-traditional morbidities require new approaches from healthcare professionals.
Who We Work With
The PED2G provides services to programs within Boston Medical Center as well as to groups and organizations large and small, both locally and nationally. Clients include governmental and non-governmental organizations; local, state, regional and national entities; for-profit as well as not-for-profit groups; businesses, educational institutions, foundations; healthcare, law, education and social service organizations.
Using the tools of the social and behavioral sciences as well as public health, PED2G advances its mission through applied research and evaluation activities and the development of field-informed and tested training and resource materials for healthcare and allied professionals. PED2G seeks to develop comprehensive, collaborative and enduring solutions, balancing risk and resiliency to promote the development of safe, strong and secure youth. PED2G conducts research and develops programs that address the health needs of urban children in America. Clinical research activities have focused on childhood injury, including violence and physical child abuse and on the interface between health care and other systems – notably law, education and community-based organizations. PED2G programs specialize in providing child health professionals and families with useful information that helps translate modern scientific information into action that make a difference. In all the programs we develop or support, we focus on the needs of the end-users – youths, parents or professionals – and use a variety of research tools, including surveys, focus groups, structured communication methods and field tests, to allow their input to be heard.
PED2G undertakes its work under a set of practice principles; it subscribes to the standards articulated in The Joint Committee’s The Program Evaluation Standards (2nd Edition, 1994), which include Utility, Feasibility, Propriety and Accuracy. In addition, the Group practices what Dr. De Vos calls Developmental Evaluation, which recognizes that appropriate evaluation activities depend on a program’s stage of development as well as the uses for which the effort is undertaken. Within this framework, PED2G provides services designed to support the whole range of program development:
- Establishing the need for a program and planning it (needs assessment)
- Pilot implementation, adaptation and adjustment (formative evaluation)
- Full implementation and efficacy (process evaluation, outcome & impact evaluation)
- Full dissemination and ongoing management (large scale process and outcome studies, program monitoring, quality improvement and management)
Methods need to be responsive to key stakeholders’ needs and perspectives. Services include research and evaluation design for programs and funding proposals, survey design and administration (in-person, telephone, mail and web-based), individual and focus group interviews, secondary data abstraction and analysis, preparation of written reports and presentations for a range of audiences – both professional and lay. The PED2G uses the tools of both the clinical and social sciences as well as public health. Mixed methods combining rigorous qualitative and quantitative approaches can provide important insights and lend themselves to different uses and audiences. In addition to the delivery of these services, PED2G professionals are available for consultation.
About Dr. De Vos
Edward De Vos, EdD, Director of PED2G, is a research psychologist committed to evidence-based programming. He has worked at the local, national and international levels. His approach to research and evaluation emphasizes responsive methodology. Prior to his current post, Dr. De Vos has held a number of leadership positions, including: Director of Research and Evaluation for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Human Services, Director of Research for the Family Violence Program at Children’s Hospital - Boston, Director of the Center for Violence & Injury Prevention at EDC, and Director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Health Research Center at Tufts-New England Medical Center. Dr. De Vos is Associate Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Evaluation Association, the American Public Health Association and the American Statistical Association.