Community Evaluation Programs

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Miles A. McNall

Miles A. McNall

Director, Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Human Development and Family Studies


Miles McNall is the director of the Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative (CERC) at Michigan State University. Dr. McNall has 19 years of experience with the evaluation of health and human service programs. He coordinated the evaluation of HIV prevention programs for young men at the University of Minnesota Medical College and guided the development of client outcome monitoring systems for agency programs at Catholic Charities of Chicago. At the CORE Center in Chicago, he evaluated HIV/AIDS care and substance abuse treatment programs and coordinated the agency's healthcare quality improvement efforts. Since joining the faculty at MSU, McNall and his colleagues have conducted evaluations of comprehensive community initiatives, school-based health centers, and intensive home-based treatment services for children with severe emotional disturbances. More recently, McNall has been involved in the evaluation of systems change initiatives, including efforts to transform early childhood and youth mental health systems in several Michigan communities. He has been a member of the Michigan Association for Evaluation (MAE) since 2006 and joined the MAE board in 2010. He became interested in participatory systems modeling because he believes that it offers methods that enable diverse groups of people to come together to generate a common understanding of the nature and underlying dynamics of complex problems and to test out different strategies for more effectively managing them through simulation modelling. McNall is the lead organizer for the annual Innovations in Collaborative Modeling conference at Michigan State University.

Research interests

  • Systemic approaches to community/systems change
  • Participatory and collaborative approaches to inquiry and action, including participatory evaluation and participatory systems modeling
  • Arab American health
  • University-community partnerships
  • Implementation dynamics

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