Hello, my name is Dan Schober - I am a program evaluator and the founder of Informed Community Health.
I believe that health and wellness is a basic human right and it is an injustice that we do not all have access to this basic right. My work involves addressing this injustice by empowering health and social service professionals through program evaluation and development, enabling them to most effectively serve their communities.
With over 10 years of experience in program evaluation and program development, I have had the opportunity to support a variety of initiatives that address health and wellness, across the United States. My approach to this work:
Has been participatory in nature
Has utilized various models and frameworks such as the socio-ecological model, developmental evaluation, and collective impact
Has involved a variety of evaluation methods and analytical software programs such as Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and NVivo
In addition to program evaluation, my work involves teaching and training; I hold a faculty position in DePaul University’s Master of Public Health Program in Community Health Practice, where I teach early career professionals in graduate courses across a variety of public health competencies, including:
Health Behavior Theory
I also conduct community-based research at DePaul focused on interventions related to social determinants of health. My educational background is in Behavioral Psychology (PhD) and Public Health (MPH). Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to work in academia, the nonprofit sector, state government, and the private sector.
My approach to partnership and the evaluation of a program is one of a servant leader, who "shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible." I am a member of the American Evaluation Association and the Chicagoland Evaluation Association. My work is guided by the American Evaluation Association’s Guiding Principles.
I find that every project requires diverse skills – therefore, I assemble a personalized team for each project I take on, working with colleagues from previous Projects.