Collaborative Healthcare: Interprofessional Practice, Education and Evaluation (JCIPE)


In this brief space, I would like to provide some general guidelines for those of you who are planning to implement an interprofessional education program, or any program for that matter. I say planning to implement a program, because it is at this stage that you must be thinking about how you are going to evaluate it, not after the program has begun. One of the worst nightmares for any program evaluator is to have someone stop by his or her office with a stack of data and say “Can you tell me what I have here?” When this happens it is often extremely difficult to extract meaningful conclusions about the project. Therefore, it is critical to build your evaluation plan into your project plan.