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SUHI Project: Evaluation Capacity Building



Evaluation Capacity Building


Community-based organizations, although uniquely positioned to deliver services and promote health in local contexts, face many barriers to designing and implementing meaningful program evaluation. Furthermore, local grant foundations often do not require rigorous evaluation of funded programs, thereby disincentivizing evaluation when resources are limited. Yet evaluating program efficacy is exceedingly important for the community-based organization, in order to understand progress towards objectives and adapt programs accordingly, as well as grant foundations, to ensure funding of the most effective programs. Ultimately, using evaluation as a tool to continually improve programming directly impacts the potential benefit to the communities being served. 

Project Plan:

In 2010, a partnership between the Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) and the Chicago Community Trust (CCT) was created to address the need for evaluation capacity building amongst community-based organizations. SUHI provides evaluation technical assistance for CCT grantees funded under the Preventing and Reducing Obesity priority area. Rather than functioning as external evaluators, we provide the tools and skills necessary for organizations to perform their own program evaluations. Since program inception, we have provided evaluation capacity building to nearly 30 community-based organizations funded by CCT. 

Evaluation capacity building activities include quarterly training meetings co-hosted by the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), as well as a variety of one-on-one technical assistance tailored to program-specific needs. Additional support includes drafting measurable program objectives, creating an evaluation plan, and developing surveys and databases. We also provide grantees with a comprehensive library of evidence-based tools, curricula, and surveys to use during program development and implementation. 

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Project Partners
The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC)