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Miles A. McNall

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

E-Mail: mcnall@msu.edu

Department Web page: http://cerc.msu.edu

Miles McNall, Ph.D., is the director of the Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative at Michigan State University. McNall has 20 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. McNall has been a member of the Michigan Association for Evaluation (MAE) since 2006 and joined the MAE board in 2010.

While working with communities to resolve complex problems McNall became interested in participatory systems modeling as a set of 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 modeling. McNall is the lead organizer for the biennial 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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Recent Publications

McNall, M. A., Brown, R. E., Barnes-Najor, J. V., Doberneck, D. M., & Fitzgerald, H. E. (2015). Systemic engagement: Universities as partners in systemic approaches to community change. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 19(1), 7-32.

Perlstadt, H., McNall, M., & Hembroff, L. (2015). Healthcare access and insurance among Arab/Chaldean Americans in Michigan [conference proceedings]. ACCESS Health Journal, 3.

Miller, R. L., Forney, J. C., & McNall, M. A. (2014). Recent sexual partnerships among adolescent and emerging adult Black men who have sex with men in Michigan. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 13(3), 252-270.

Hassoun, R., Hughes, E., Farroukh, M., McNall, M., & Williams, K. P. (2013). A first look at chronic diseases and lifestyle behaviors among Arab and Chaldean Americans in Southeast Michigan. ACCESS Health Journal: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Health Issues in Arab Communities. Dearborn, Michigan: ACCESS Community Health & Research Center.

Perlstadt, H., Gasteyer, S., Hassoun, R., Nawyn, S., McNall, M., & Hamade, H. (2013). Health disparities between Arab and Chaldean Americans in Southeast Michigan and Michigan residents: Differences in access to health providers and insurance. ACCESS Health Journal: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Health Issues in Arab Communities. Dearborn, Michigan: ACCESS Community Health & Research Center.

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Recent Reports

Lee, K., & McNall, M. (2015). iMath evaluation. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, University Outreach and Engagement.

McNall, M., & Johnson, T. (2015). Evaluation of the AIM High Mentoring Program. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, University Outreach and Engagement.

McNall, M., and Kornbluh, M. (2014). Lansing Early Childhood Equity Partnerships (LECEP) final evaluation report. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, University Outreach and Engagement.

McNall, M., and Kornbluh, M. (2014). Lansing Early Childhood Equity Partnerships (LECEP) Phase VI and Phase VI accomplishments. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, University Outreach and Engagement.

McNall, M., Bates, L., Harewood, T., & Vallotton, C. (2014). Project LAUNCH Michigan grantee-specific evaluation end-of-year report. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, University Outreach and Engagement.

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