Cornerstone Evaluation Associates

Our Projects

Medical Education

Assessing the effectiveness of a training program to teach medical professionals how to screen and work with survivors of interpersonal violence

Over a one-year period, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape conducted a series of three-hour workshops for medical residents to train them in screening and working with victims of interpersonal violence. The workshops combined didactic learning, cognitive rehearsal via role play scenarios and observation of techniques for forensic rape examinations. Cornerstone monitored the program’s effectiveness using pre-post questionnaires that focused on participants’ knowledge and use of screening methods, their comfort with screening and any barriers they perceived in implementing screening practices. These data were used to improve workshops, provide feedback to participating residents and support fund-raising for continuing this and similar programs.

Providing critical data to guide the development of a residency program focused on women-centered health care

In the mid-90’s, Forbes Medical Center was involved in a three-year effort to develop and implement a women’s health component within their comprehensive Family Practice residency program. The goal of this endeavor was to design an educational module that prepares residents to effectively work with and care for women. Cornerstone’s contribution to this effort was two-fold—1) using focus group discussions with women about their health care needs and perceptions of the health care system to guide teaching physicians in developing the women-centered curriculum and 2) using questionnaire data from faculty, staff and residents to ensure that the program’s goals are both achieved and enhanced, thus, creating a dynamic, self-improving residency.