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Section 5. Our Evaluation Model: Evaluating Comprehensive Community Initiatives

___You know the difference between universal approaches and targeted approaches to initiatives.

___You have incorporated multiple strategies, multiple levels, and multiple community sectors in your community effort.

___You understand that the goal of community health promotion is to increase opportunities for community members to collaborate to improve their quality of life.

___You have attempted to implement your evaluation at the same time as your initiative.

You know the two goals of an evaluation:

___To understand what is going on.

___To empower communities to take care of their own problems.

___You understand the advantages evaluations offer.

___You have analyzed the challenges your community and your initiative/evaluation may face.

___You have poised your community to function as a catalyst for change.

___You know the five steps of the comprehensive community initiative.

  • Collaborative planning
  • Community implementation, action, and change
  • Community adaptation, institutionalization, and capacity
  • More distal outcomes
  • Dissemination

You know what to incorporate in each of these steps:

___Supporting collaborative planning-you have set your agenda and included all of the following:

  • Ideas from people of diverse backgrounds
  • Clarification of your visions, missions, objectives, and strategies
  • Development an action plan
  • Identification of local resources to help you solve

___Documenting community implementation, action, and change you have documented:

  • Local efforts/accomplishments
  • Changes in programs/policies/practices
  • How things have been accomplished

___Assessing community adaptation, institutionalization, and capacity: you have:

  • Looked at how the intervention has been changed
  • Analyzed whether or not the efforts to sustain the initiative have been effective
  • Measured to see if your efforts to address the issue have been effective

___Evaluating more distal outcomes: you have:

  • Used both quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate your successes
  • Documented the intermediate outcomes

___Promoting dissemination: you have worked to spread word about the effectiveness of your comprehensive community initiative.

___You have analyzed, understood, and applied the 34 recommendations for practitioners and policy makers.