Agricultural Center Evaluation (ACE) Project
In response to the first recommendation from the Kennedy report (1995), The High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety proposed a project to evaluate the Agricultural Center Initiative. The Agricultural Center Evaluation (ACE) team was created with a representative from each NIOSH-sponsored Agricultural Center across the nation and a multi-site program evaluation was conducted for fiscal years 1999-2001, and with renewed funding 2004-2010. Together the team created a model for monitoring the activities of the Ag Centers and began collecting activity information in a common database. An ACE report was created annually for the Center Initiative based upon program monitoring of the Initiative accomplishments across all participating Centers. The ACE reports respond to the objectives set forth by NIOSH.
Each NIOSH-sponsored Agricultural Center is required to evaluate its activities and also has its own annual reports. Information is gathered and reported to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on the number of papers published, students trained, and community outreach events conducted for promoting health and safety in agriculture.
For more information, contact Victoria Buchan, leader of the ACE Project, or the other members of the HICAHS Evaluation team. The Center activities correlate with the NIOSH Logic Model for improving safety and health in the workplace. Also refer to the external review of the Agricultural Centers in the National Academies of Science Review of the NIOSH Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Program (2008).
Back Row (left to right): Susan Ackerman, Allen Robison, Sandy Freeland, Karen Gilmore, Teresa Donovan, Sara Shepherd, Patricia Ramstad/Front Row (left to right): Marcy Harrington, Vicky Buchan, Diana Perez, Kristin Danhoff
NIOSH Contract #212-2004-09852 (Victoria Buchan & Helen Holmquist-Johnson)