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Evaluation of Community-Based Health Projects: The Healthy Tomorrows Experience
This Pediatrics article examines community-based programs and experience of evaluation, both in terms of capacity and benefits to the program. The study was done by surveying 149 community-based programs funded from 1989 to 2003 through the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program.

Evaluating Community-based Initiatives Presentation

This presentation provides practical information to community-based programs about program evaluation. The focus of this presentation is on developing an evaluation plan, writing measurable objectives, and identifying strategies to address evaluation challenges.

Evaluating Your Community-Based Program Part I: Designing Your Evaluation
This publication is a guide to program evaluation for pediatricians and others implementing community-based health initiatives. This guide provides quick overviews of major issues in program evaluation and will help you learn strategies for setting measurable objectives and identifying realistic outcomes.

Evaluating Your Community-Based Program Part II: Putting Your Evaluation Plan to Work
This is the follow up publication to Part I: Designing Your Evaluation for pediatricians and others implementing community-based health initiatives. This guide provides the next steps your program evaluation plan by emphasizing effective documentation to evaluate your program. It focuses on tools for measurement, data collection, data storage, analysis, and data presentation.

Evaluating Your Community-based Program: Gathering Information
This audio presentation covers effective documentation and data collection tools for program evaluation.

Evaluating Your Community-based Program: Analyzing and Using Your Data
This audio presentation reviews data analysis and presentation strategies.

Basic Guide to Outcomes-Based Evaluation for Nonprofit Organizations with Very Limited Resources
Use this short, simple step-by-step guide if you need a good tool for introducing the concept to others. It does not, however, address process evaluation.

Thinking About How to Evaluate Your Program? These Strategies Will Get You Started
This long, but still simple guide includes a discussion of process evaluation. It includes links to tools, checklists, measures and other goodies.

The Community Toolbox
This site offers a wealth of tools and guides, including samples of different logic model formats and checklists for a high quality evaluation. You can learn an evaluation skill, plan your evaluation, or network with resources.

American Psychological Association
This Web site provides tools for the development and evaluation of HIV prevention programs; however, most of the evaluation resources are applicable to a wide range of health promotion and disease prevention topics. The evaluation web links located at this site are organized by topic and include sites that may be useful for novice evaluators, as well as those that may be more relevant for highly experienced evaluators and technical assistance providers. Each web link has a brief annotation that describes the content to help you to decide whether it meets your needs.

Harvard Family Research Project
The HFRP examines topics related to family involvement in education, evaluation, and continuous improvement, strategy consulting for foundations, and works to increase the professional development base of those who work directly with children and youth. HFRP's research can be placed under two categories of study: family-school-community partnerships and strategy consulting and evaluation. Some of their research projects include, home visitation, early childhood education, after-school programs, and family-school partnerships. The site also features a searchable evaluation database for out-of-school-time projects.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Evaluation Working Group
CDC Evaluation Working Group provides several resources to promote program evaluation in public health. You will find multiple links that will provide information about evaluation or assistance in conducting an evaluation project.

Evaluating Community-based Child Health Promotion Programs
This report was developed by the National Academy for State Health Policy in partnership with Nemours Health and Prevention Services. The report provides the practical experience and knowledge of program administrators, evaluators, and researchers regarding what works and what does not work when evaluating community-based initiatives that focus on children’s health promotion and disease prevention. It provides a snapshot of seven projects nationwide that have a community-based component and the lessons learned from their evaluation activities. The report includes a discussion of evaluation design, process and partnerships, outcomes, and dissemination.

Tools for Measuring Acculturation
This resource is a catalogue of 50 instruments for measuring acculturation. The resource includes measurement categories, survey questions, original citations, reliability data, and scoring information.

American Evaluation Association
The AEA offer variety of trainings annually, provided throughout the country. Training is available for beginners and more advanced professionals conducting evaluation.

The University of Wisconsin Extension Service
The University of Wisconsin offers an online course, "Enhancing Program Performance with Logic Models." The course offers seven topics how to use logic models and develop an example with a community nutrition program. Each section includes background information, bibliography and audio supplements to the informational slides you scroll through. An excellent tool for getting comfortable with logic models without having to pay for the course!

Questionnaire Development & Survey Design Presentation
This presentation assists you in designing a quality questionnaire for your target population. Participants learn about different types of questionnaires, how to develop survey questions, and how to communicate your results.

Survey Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago

The Survey Research Laboratory is a division of the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs that provides survey research services to faculty, staff, and students at the Chicago campus. This link takes you to past and current seminars on survey research methodology offered at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This is a great site for grantees and people who plan to develop a questionnaire for their target population as part of their projects evaluation plan. Check out the following two seminars that may be of particular interest: Introduction to Questionnaire Design and Introduction to Survey Design.

Designing Surveys and Questionnaires Tutorial
StatPac is a recognized and comprehensive survey software tool. In this link, you will find a tutorial that will teach you how to conduct a survey and design a questionnaire. You'll learn the latest survey research techniques...what works and what doesn't. The tutorial is packed with great information.

Hints for Designing Effective Questionnaires
This link provides a compilation of do's and don'ts for good questionnaire design that will make data analysis easier and faster.

Web Survey White Paper: Six Steps for Successful Surveys
Since online surveys are widely utilized, there are some very important steps that must be followed to drive high response rates and ensure that quality feedback is gathered. This white paper will define six easy steps to follow to maximize the value of any survey.

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