People – Evaluation Team

Evaluation Team

Karen Schifferdecker, PhD, MPHAssociate Director, CPDE

Karen Schifferdecker, PhD, MPH

Associate Director, CPDE

Karen is an Assistant Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Associate Director of the Center for Program Design and Evaluation. A medical anthropologist, she has extensive experience overseeing and conducting evaluation projects and programs in institutions, clinical sites, and community-based settings using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. She has evaluated grant- and non-grant funded studies since 1992 and conducts and disseminates educational research and materials on these and other projects. Examples of her grant- and contract-funded experience include the Center for Disease Control Prevention Research Center at Dartmouth (Co-PI), the Multi-specialty MOC Portfolio Approval Program (evaluator), the Africa Routine Immunization System Essentials — System Innovation Component funded by John Snow Inc. (evaluator), and a randomized controlled trial of an educational intervention with 24 primary care practices on use of online resources funded by the National Library of Medicine (PI).

Sharon O’Connor, MS, MBASenior Research Associate, CPDE

Sharon O’Connor, MS, MBA

Senior Research Associate, CPDE

Sharon has an MS in Clinical and Health Services Research from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and an MBA from Boston University. With over 20 years of experience as project manager and research professional, Ms. O’Connor provides program leadership in research design and evaluation, including questionnaire, data collection, and analysis design and planning. A skilled analyst and communicator, she has worked in diverse work environments requiring high levels of collaboration and teamwork in private, public and non-profit agencies. Ms. O’Connor specializes in translating quantitative and qualitative data into clear, concise evidence and actionable results.