Lori Bakken

Lori L. Bakken

Associate Professor and Evaluation Specialist, M.S., Ph.D.
4145 Human Ecology Building, 1300 Linden Dr, Madison, WI 53706
Office Hours
By appointment
(608) 890-0221

Sail into a universe of possibility. – Benjamin Zander

I am driven by a passion for creativity and curiosity to understand experiences that facilitate adult’s learning and promote capacity building. Consequently, I have spent nearly 25 years developing educational programs and conducting education research and evaluation in the medical, public health and education fields. The early part of my career focused on evaluating and improving laboratory performance in medicine and public health. In 1995, I shifted my focus from laboratory medicine to designing, implementing and studying educational programs that improve the quality and quantity of clinical research conducted in the United States. Over the next decade, I and a team of dedicated colleagues and students designed and developed one of the nation’s first and highly successful education and career development programs for clinical researchers and established a NIH-funded research program to study the education and career development of clinician-scientists. Consequently, we developed the Clinical Research Appraisal Inventory, an instrument to assess physicians’ clinical research self-efficacy, which is used nationally and internationally. These contributions to research in the medical field were acknowledged when I received the Department of Medicine’s Puestow Research Award in 2007. In 2010, my teaching and research acquired a new emphasis when I moved to the School of Human Ecology and assumed the role of an integrated evaluation specialist for Cooperative Extension. This move has provided rewarding opportunities to work closely with community and non-profit organizations, thereby expanding my rich experiences and expertise in evaluation. My current interests relate to systems thinking, collective impact and how systems theory and frameworks inform evaluation design. As a three-time UW Badger alum, I hold degrees in Medical Technology (BS, 1980), Medical Microbiology (MS, 1991) and Continuing and Vocational Education (PhD, 1998) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Go Badgers!

Lori Bakken CV

1. *Bakken, L.L. The Role of Experience and Context in Learning to Diagnose Lyme Disease. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 2002;22(3):131-141.

2. *Bakken, L.L. An Evaluation Plan to Assess the Process and Outcomes of a Learner- centered Training Program for Clinical Research. Medical Teacher. 2002;24(2):163-169.

3. *Carnes, M., McQuirter, M. and Bakken, L.L. The Alternative Tracks to Leadership in Academic Science (ATLAS) initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Wisconsin Medical Journal. 2003;102(3):17-19.

4. *Wang, M-F and Bakken, L.L. An Academic Writing Needs Assessment of English-as- a-Second-Language Clinical Investigators. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 2004;24:181-189.

5. *Bakken, L.L. Who are Physician-Scientists’ Role Models? Gender Makes a Difference.
Academic Medicine. 2005;80(5):502-506.

6. *Bakken, L.L. Lichtenstein, M. and the Association of Clinical Research Training Program Directors’ Evaluation and Accreditation Committee. A Survey of the Impact of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Research Curriculum Awards (K30) Between 1999 and 2004. The Journal of Investigative Medicine. 2005;53(3):123-127.

7. *Bakken, L.L., Byars-Winston, A. and Wang, Min-fen. Viewing Clinical Research Career Development through the Lens of Social Cognitive Career Theory. Advances in Health Sciences Education. 2006;11(1):91-110.

8. *Wang, M-F and Bakken, L. L. Novice Physician-scientists’ Learning in Communities of Practice. Paper presented at the 47th Annual Adult Education Research Conference, Minneapolis, MN, May 2006.

9. *Carnes, M., Schuler, L, Sarto, G.E., Lent, S.J., and Bakken, L.L. Increasing Sex and Ethnic/Racial Diversity of Researchers in Aging: Some promising strategies at the postdoctoral level. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2006; 54(6):980-985.

10. *Shershneva, M.B., Carnes, M. and Bakken, L.L. A Model of Teaching-Learning Transactions in Generalist-Specialist Consultations. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 2006; 26(3):222-229.

11. *Mullikin, E.A., Bakken, L.L. and Betz, N.E. Assessing Research Self-efficacy in Physician-Scientists: The Clinical Research Appraisal Inventory. Journal of Career Assessment. 2007; 15(3):367-387.

12. *Klink, J., Byars-Winston, A., and Bakken, L.L. The Relationship Between Coping efficacy and Perceived Family Support in Premedical Students. Medical Education. 2008; 42:572-579.

13. *Cruser, d. A., Bruce, D., Brown, S., Bakken, L. L., Licciardone, J. C., Podawiltz, A. L., and Bulik, R. J. Biomedical research competencies for osteopathic medical students. Osteopathic Medicine and Primary Care. 2009; 3:10-21.

14. *Lev, E., Kolassa, J. and Bakken, L.L. Faculty mentors and students’ perceptions of
research self-efficacy. Nurse Education Today. 2010; 30(2):169-174.

15. *Bakken, L.L., Byars-Winston, A., Gundermann, D. M., Ward, E. C., Slattery, A., King, A., Scott, D. and Taylor, R. Effects of an educational intervention on female biomedical scientists’ research self-efficacy. Advances in Health Sciences Education. 2010; 15(2):167-183.

16. *Kronberger, M. P. and Bakken, L. L. Identifying the educationally influential physician: A systematic review of approaches. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 2011; 31(4):247-257.

17. *Carpenter, J. P., O’Neal, D. P. and Bakken, L. L. Creating a culture of success for women in STEM – The ADVANCEing Faculty Program at Louisiana Tech University. Proceedings of the 118th Annual Conference and Exposition. Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 26-29, 2011.

18. *Cruser, d A., Dubin, B., Brown, S.K., Bakken, L.L., Licciardone, J.C., Podawiltz, A.L., Bulik, R.J. Biomedical Research Competencies for Osteopathic Medical Students. Osteopathic Medicine and Primary Care. 2009; 3(10), 11 pages.

19. Olson, C. A. and Bakken L.L. Evaluations of Educational Interventions: Getting Them Published and Increasing Their Impact. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 2013; 33(2):77-80.

20. *Lev, E. L., Kolassa, J. and Bakken L.L. Faculty, Mentors’ and Students’ Perception of Students’Research Self-Efficacy. Nursing Education Today. 2013; 30(2): 169-174.

21. *Eller, L. S., Lev, E.L. and Bakken, L. L. Development and testing of the Clinical Research Assessment Inventory-Short Form. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 2014; 22(1): 106-119.

22. *Bakken, L.L., Núñez, J. and Couture, C. Building Evaluation Capacity through a University-Community Course Partnership. American Journal of Evaluation, 2014; 35(4): 579-593.


Research Methods (701), Department of Continuing and Vocational Education
Graduate Seminar Course (609), Department of Continuing and Vocational Education
Graduate Seminar Course (609), Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
Facilitating Learning for Adults (742), Co-instructor, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
Seminar in Dissertation Research (925), Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
Research Methods and Procedures in Educational Administration (725), Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
Multidisciplinary Research Seminar (990), Department of Medicine
Program Planning in Family and Consumer Education (428), Interdisciplinary Studies

Evaluation Research in Practice (501), Civil Society and Community Studies

17. Bakken, L. L. Evaluation 101: Basic Concepts of Program Evaluation and How Does My Program Work? Taking the Mystery out of Logic Models (separate sessions). Nutrition and Aging Conference, Madison, WI September, 2011.

2. Bakken, L. L. How to Craft your Story through Evaluation. I4-H Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy, Kansas City, Missouri, February, 2011.

3. Bakken, L. L. Evaluation 101: Basic Concepts of Program Evaluation and How Does My Program Work? Taking the Mystery out of Logic Models (separate sessions). Fulfilling the Promise Conference, Stevens Point, WI, March, 2012.

4. Bakken, L. L. Evaluation Planning: A Nested Framework. Professional Development Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cooperative Extension Services, Madison, WI, May, 2012.

5. Bakken, L. L. Evaluating a Common Set of Outcomes. 4-H Youth Development Professional Development Workshop, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cooperative Extension Services, Madison, WI, September, 2012.

6. Kushner, J. A. and Bakken, L. L. New Approach for Building Evaluation Capacity: Cooperative Extension as a Learning Organization. Keynote presentation, Family Living and 4-H Youth Development Fall Conference, Wisconsin Dells, November, 2012.

7. Bakken, L. L. and Klink, J. Thinking Up Front: Designing and planning evaluations when planning programs. Professional Development Workshop, Family Living and 4-H Youth Development Fall Conference, Wisconsin Dells, November, 2012.

8. Bakken, L. L., Wallace, T. and Kushner, J. Measuring Outcomes for Legal Assistance Providers. Wisconsin Equal Justice Conference, Madison, WI, March, 2013.

9. Bakken, L. L., Rizzo, B. and Klink, J. Designing and Evaluating Programs That Have Impact, Workshop provided for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Division of Agriculture Development, Madison, WI, March, 2013.

10. Olson, C. A., Ross, J. M., Bakken, L. L., Turco, M. G. and Jackson, L. M. Evaluating Complex Interventions in Complex Settings: A Developmental Approach to Assessing the Impact of a MM&I Conference on Patient Care. Peer-reviewed presentation, Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education, Cincinnati, OH, April, 2014.

11. Bakken, L. L., Bryar, K. J., Ayer, S. E., Turco, M. G. Outcomes Evaluation: A Workshop for Nonprofit Leaders and Program Planners, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, May, 2014.

12. Bakken, L. L. Evaluating Outcomes in Continuing Nursing Education. Workshop presented at The Seventh Annual DHMC Conference on Nursing Excellence, Hanover, NH, June, 2014.

13. Bakken, L. L. Evaluating Outcomes of Nursing Education Programs. Special Nursing Grand Rounds, Lebanon, NH, June 2014.

14. Ross, J. M., Bakken, L. L., Olson, C. A., Turco, M. G. and Jackson, L. M. Linking Education and Improvement in a Safe Learning Environment: MM&I Conference. Peer-reviewed presentation, Association of American Medical Colleges Integrating Quality Meeting, Chicago, IL, June, 2014.

Please note: Several evaluation reports are published in professional journals and listed with my research publications.

1. Bakken, L. L. Agribusiness Leadership Academy Evaluation Report. Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Services. 2011.

2. Bakken, L. L., Couture, C. and Danielewicz, J. Parent Skill Builders Program Evaluation: A retrospective analysis. Wisconsin: Orion Family Services and University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2011.

3. Way, W. L. & Bakken, L. L. (Eds.). Significance of Community to Individual and Family Well-Being [special issue]. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal. 2014; 24(3):197.

4. Bakken, L.L. A Metaevaluation of the Dartmouth Institute’s Education Programs: Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Healthcare Research, and Certificate in the Fundamental of Value-Based Care. Lebanon, NH: Dartmouth College, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. 2014.

5. Bakken, L.L., Olson, C.A., Ross, J.M. & Jackson, L.M. Morbidity, Mortality & Improvement Conference, Evaluation Report: Phase I. Lebanon, NH: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. 2014.