Jirina Foltysova

Core Faculty
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
Ph.D. Public Health

Dr. Renger (Foltysova) is a DrPH graduate from University of Arizona, College of Public Health.

She currently serves as a core faculty member in the Ph.D. Public Health programs in the College of Health Sciences and Public Policy at Walden University and has served in this role since April 2014. In addition to her academic background in sociology, social work, social politics, and public health, she has extensive experience with evaluation projects, conducted in the United States, the Czech Republic, Peru and Kosovo. Her area of specialization is theory-driven evaluation and program theory reconstruction. She co-authored several peer-reviewed articles on evaluation theory.

Courses Taught

PUBH 8044 - Advanced Program Evaluation

PUBH 8475 - Advanced Program Implementation and Evaluation

PUBH 8410 - Fundamentals of Leadership, System Evaluation, and Interventions in Public Health

PHLT 8054 - Lifestyle Chronic Diseases

PUBH 8450 - Community Health Assessment

PUBH 8440 - Application of Public Health and Behavior Change Theories

PUBH 8038 - Health Behavior Theory

PUBH 8031 - Public Health Administration and Leadership

PUBH 8030 - Socio-Ecological Perspectives of Health

RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

PUBH 9001 - Dissertation

PUBH 9100/8900 - Public Health Capstone/Research Forum

PHLT 8064 - Dissertation Seminar III


DrPH, University of Arizona

Master of Strategic Intelligence, American Military University

Mgr., Masaryk University

Bc., Masaryk University

Public Service

Girl Scouts of the USA - Arizona, Volunteer - Tucson

Creation School - Running Club, Volunteer - Vail

Awards / Honors

2021 Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation Best Practice Note Award, Canadian Evaluation Society/Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 2021


Renger, R., Renger, J., Van Eck, R., Basson, M., Foltysova, J. (2023). A comparative case study illustrating the influence of a system perspective on the outcome evaluation of simple versus complex interventions. Evaluation Journal of Australasia

Renger, J., Renger, R., Van Eck, R., Basson, M., Renger, J. (2022). New Insights for Tracking and Reporting Milestones . Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation

Renger, R., Renger, J., Van Eck, R., Basson, M., Renger, J. (2022). Evaluation Utility Metrics (EUMs) in Reflective Practice. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation

Renger, R., Renger, J., Basson, M., Van Eck, R., Foltysova, J., Souvannasacd, E., Hart, G. (2021). Using the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Building Block Approach to Implement System Evaluation Theory (SET). American Journal of Evaluation

Renger, R., Renger, J. A., Donaldson, S., Foltysova, J. F., Hart, G., Hawkins , A. (2020). Comparing and Contrasting a Program versus System Approach to Evaluation: The Example of a Cardiac Care System.. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation

Renger, R., Renger, J., Renger, J., Donaldson, S., Hart, G. (2020). Applying systems thinking concepts to evaluate systems. . Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation.

renger, r., Basson, M., Hart, G., Van Eck, R., Souvannasacd, E., Renger, J., renger, J. (2020). Lessons learned in evaluating the infrastructure of a Centre for Translational Research.. Evaluation Journal of Australasia

Harness, D., Sullivan, S., Keegan, J., Taylor, C., Neibauer, T., Jones, I., , Pratt, K., Odenbach, H., Schueler, M., Renger, J., Renger, J., Renger, R. (2019). Coordinating an EMS air-ground intercept: Lessons learned.. Journal of Emergency Medical Services

Renger, R., Atkinson, L., Renger, J., Renger, J., Hart, G. (2019). The connection between logic models and systems thinking concepts.. Evaluation Journal of Australasia

renger, r., Keogh, B., Hawkins, A., Foltysova, J., Souvannasacd, E. (2018). Reworks: A robust system efficiency measure.. Evaluation Journal of Australasia

renger, r., Foltysova, J., renger, j., Booze, W. (2017). Defining systems to evaluate system efficiency and effectiveness.. Evaluation Journal of Australasia

renger, r., Foltysova, J., Ienuso, S., Renger, J., Booze, W. (2017). Evaluating System Cascading Failures. Evaluation Journal of Australasia

renger, r. f., Qin, X., Rice, D., foltysova, j., Renger, J. (2016). National Data Collection Efforts Pose Challenges for Many EMS Agencies. EMS Insider

renger, r., Foltysova, J., Becker, K., Souvannasacd, E. (2015). The Power of the Context Map: Designing Realistic Outcome Evaluation Strategies and Other Unanticipated Benefits. . Evaluation and Program Planning

renger, r. f., Foltysova, J. (2013). Deliberation-derived process (DDP) evaluation. Evaluation Journal of Australasia

renger, r., Bartel, G., Foltysova, J. (2013). The Reciprocal Relationship between Implementation Theory and Program Theory in Assisting Decision-Making. The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation


foltysova, j. (2015). Challenges in Evaluating Rural Health Programs: North Dakota AHEC. crh und

foltysova, j. (2014). Keynote. North Dakota HOSA

foltysova, j., renger, r. (2012). Root Cause Analysis (RCA) mini workshop. Australasian Evaluation Society

foltysova, j. (2014). Theory Driven Evaluation: Validation of Reconstructed Program Theory. the European Evaluation Society

foltysova, j. (2016). Using Root Cause Analysis to Develop State Epidemiological Profile. CRH UND