IJMB Journal – Abstracts
International Journal of Management and Business
IJMB Volume VII, Issue 1
Assessment of Evidence-based Management Training Program: Application of a Logic Model
Ruiling Guo*, Tracy J. Farnsworth, Patrick M. Hermanson
The purposes of this study were to apply a logic model to plan and implement an evidence-based management (EBMgt) educational training program for healthcare administrators and to examine whether a logic model is a useful tool for evaluating the outcomes of the educational program. The logic model was used as a conceptual framework to guide the investigators in developing an EBMgt educational training program and evaluating the outcomes of the program. The major components of the logic model were constructed as inputs, outputs, and outcomes/impacts. The investigators delineated the logic model based on the results of the needs assessment survey. Two 3-hour training workshops were delivered to 30 participants. To assess the outcomes of the EBMgt educational program, pre- and post-tests and self-reflection surveys were conducted. The data were collected and analyzed descriptively and inferentially, using the IBM Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) 22.0. A paired sample t-test was performed to compare the differences in participants’ EBMgt knowledge and skills prior to and after the training. The assessment results showed that there was a statistically significant difference in participants’ EBMgt knowledge and information searching skills before and after the training (p< 0.001). Participants’ confidence in using the EBMgt approach for decision-making was significantly increased after the training workshops (p< 0.001). Eighty-three percent of participants indicated that the knowledge and skills they gained through the training program could be used for future management decision-making in their healthcare organizations. The overall evaluation results of the program were positive. It is suggested that the logic model is a useful tool for program planning, implementation, and evaluation, and it also improves the outcomes of the educational program.
Keywords: Logic model, evidence-based management, healthcare administrators, healthcare organizations, healthcare management education.