About CDC Evaluation Fellows

The CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program has trained 189 Fellows in 10 cohorts. It started with the first cohort of 5 Fellows and has grown, averaging 20 Fellows per cohort. Each cohort is comprised of Fellows with diverse backgrounds and demographics. CDC Evaluation Fellows held master’s or doctoral level degrees while serving as Fellows. Concentrations of study include, but not limited to, program evaluation, health promotion, behavioral science, global health, policy, epidemiology, psychology, education, and life/health sciences. Overall Fellows are more diverse  compared to CDC demographics. The CDC Evaluation Fellowship continues to employ strategies to diversify recruitment and applicant pool.

Ethnicity

Of the 189 Fellows trained across 10 cohorts, 53% are White, 26% are Black or African American, 14% are Asian, 3% are Hispanic or Latino, 3% are multiracial, and 1% is American Indian or Alaska Native; 83% are female and 17% are male.

Gender

Of the 189 Fellows trained across 10 cohorts, 83% are female and 17% are male.

Degrees

Of the 189 Fellows trained in 10 cohorts, 65% had a master’s level degree and 35% had a doctoral level degree.

Benefits of being a CDC Evaluation Fellow
Evaluation Fellows with former American Evaluation Association Presidents Michael Patton and Tessie Catsambas at a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the CDC Evaluation Framework in September 2019. Left to Right: Ryan Mintz, Mayah Williams, Delaney Roach, Michael Q. Patton, Samantha Budzyn, Tina Mensa-Kwao, Tessie Catsambas, and Tiffanie Cobb.

Evaluation Fellows with former American Evaluation Association Presidents Michael Patton and Tessie Catsambas at a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the CDC Evaluation Framework in September 2019. Left to Right: Ryan Mintz, Mayah Williams, Delaney Roach, Michael Q. Patton, Samantha Budzyn, Tina Mensa-Kwao, Tessie Catsambas, and Tiffanie Cobb.

Participating in CDC’s Evaluation Fellowship includes these benefits:

  • Exposure to world-class evaluators and public health professionals who work at and visit CDC.
  • A view of the public health system from the federal level, working in various disease and prevention areas.
  • A strong cohort of Evaluation Fellows and an evaluation community of practice from whom Fellows can learn and obtain feedback.
  • Strong program oversight and management from the CDC Chief Evaluation Officer and CDC Program Performance and Evaluation Office (PPEO).
  • Recognition through the highly respected branding of the CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program.
  • Access to limited-duration evaluation projects outside the host program that increase the Fellow’s visibility and exposure across CDC and provide opportunities to learn and apply skills in topic areas that the Fellow might not otherwise have.
Fellow presenter at 2017 Evaluation Day

Lindsey Bridwell (2016 Fellow) presenting at 2017 CDC Evaluation Day

Fellows are hired under Title 42 training fellowship appointments as term employees for the two years of the Fellowship. Salaries are based on their education level and experience.  Salaries start at a base rate comparable to the Federal Government General Schedule (GS) base pay rate equivalent of GS-9, step 1 for applicants with Master’s degrees and no work experience, GS-11, step 1 with a master’s degree and at least a year of work experience, and GS-12, step 1 for Fellows with a doctorate.

Fellows also receive significant financial support for professional development and CDC employee benefits (e.g., medical insurance, sick and vacation leave).

Fellows Placement
Eva Trinh and Elisha Hall

Eva Trinh and Elisha Hall (Evaluation Fellows 2017- 2019) presenting at the American Evaluation Association Conference, 2018.

Fellows are matched with CDC programs that have applied to host Fellows, so the topic areas (e.g., diabetes, preparedness, global health) vary depending on which CDC programs apply. The list of host programs will be available to applicants who advance to the “finalist” stage of the selection process.

Following the interview period, Fellows are matched with host programs based on mutual interest. Finalists will be able to rank their preferred programs but are not guaranteed a specific placement.

Types of projects that Fellows have completed:

  • Data collection, management, and analysis
  • Creation of dissemination products for internal and external audiences
  • Evaluation technical assistance to state health departments and community-based organizations across the US
  • Design and implementation of a performance monitoring system for a cooperative agreement
  • Creation of a training manual for conducting economic evaluations
  • Design and implementation of an evaluation of a center-wide leadership development program
  • Design and implementation of an evaluation of a virtual reality (VR) training for laboratorians, including travel to domestic and international sites to evaluate the use of VR trainings to meet educational needs for emergency operations
Job Placements After Fellowship

The CDC Evaluation Fellowship Program has 159 graduated Fellows. Of the 159 graduated Fellows, 55% remain at CDC, 16% work at for-profit organizations, 13% work at non-profit organizations, 6% work at university, 4% return to school, 3% work at another federal agency, and 3% work at state, tribal, or territorial agency immediately after the Fellowship.

bar graph with job placements post-fellowship. See following paragraph for details

Of the 159 graduated Fellows, 55% remain at CDC, 16% work at for-profit organizations, 13% work at non-profit organizations, 6% work at university, 4% return to school, 3% work at another federal agency, and 3% work at state, tribal, or territorial agency immediately after the Fellowship. Of those who remain at CDC, 76% found their position through Fellowship activities (e.g. host program, small project, PPEO connections) and 22% found their position on their own.

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