Beth Welbes serves as the Associate Director at the Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD) within the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois. Trained and experienced as a public health educator, she approaches evaluation with a clear understanding of what practitioners face and what policy makers need. Since joining CPRD in 1993, she has coordinated a variety of project evaluations including those focused on community prevention coalitions, school and community based prevention efforts, state-wide prevention systems and higher education campus/community substance abuse prevention programs. She is currently responsible for overseeing almost $1.5M of evaluation projects annually. These projects include the Illinois Youth Survey, the Illinois Substance Abuse Prevention Program Evaluation, the Illinois Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success Evaluation, Illinois Teen Pregnancy Prevention Personal Responsibility Program Evaluation, and the Illinois Office of Adolescent Health Teen Pregnancy Program Tier 1b Replication Evaluation. Her current evaluation and applied research projects are funded by a variety of federal sources and administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services.
In addition, she is the leader for fund development within CPRD’s Division of State and Community Prevention Systems. Her role has been to lead CPRD teams that assist state program staff to identify and synthesize research literature supporting evidence-based prevention practice, create prevention service delivery management information systems that feed local and state decision-making processes, and merge existing sources of program performance data with outcome data collected via the Illinois Youth Survey throughout the state. She has a BS in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MSPH in Community Health from the University of Illinois.Back to Faculty & Staff Directory