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Eval12 Session 583: Developing Indicators for Environmental and Policy Change Initiatives

Session 583: Developing Indicators for Environmental and Policy Change Initiatives Presentation #1: Method and Process of Identifying Indicators of Obesity for the Community Transformation Grants Context Scan by Reid Hogan-Yarbro, Catherine Lesesne, and Robin Soler Presentation #2: Developing Indicators for the Convergence Partnership Evaluation by Dana Keener-Mast & Kari Cruz Multipaper Session Abstract: As environmental and policy change initiatives continue to move further upstream (i.e., more focused on primary prevention), evaluators are challenged to develop indicators that represent an increasingly complex landscape of changes and improvements across multiple systems and domains (e.g., built environment, food systems, transportation, economy, housing, education, equity, and health systems). This session will review and discuss principles of indicator development in the context of two large-scale initiatives aiming to promote health equity through environmental change strategies. Drawing from experience working with the Community Transformation Grants program and the Convergence Partnership, panelists will describe the purpose and scope of the indicators for each project, processes and methods used to develop the indicators, and unique challenges associated with developing indicators for environmental and policy change initiatives

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Eval12 Session 773: Developmental Evaluation in Practice: Lessons and Tips from an Evaluation of the Convergence Partnership

Abstract: Evaluators are increasingly being asked to examine complex and dynamic social and environmental change initiatives that call for equally dynamic approaches to evaluation. Developmental evaluation offers new ways to think about and approach evaluation to support and accommodate emergent, innovative and transformative processes that often define social change initiatives. Yet, many evaluators are unfamiliar with how to apply developmental evaluation approaches in real-world settings

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Focus Search - 1 1 The Convergence Partnership: Defining and Tracking the Success of Innovation, Collaboration, and Community Change for Health Equity Jme McLean, MCP, MPH PolicyLink, Program Director of the Convergence Partnership 2 The Convergence Partnership is a collaborative of seven major funders and the CDC engaged in multi-field, equity-focused, policy and environmental change efforts to achieve healthy people and healthy places. 3 3 Steering Committee The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nemours W.K


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Eval14 Expanding the evaluation lens: How to include policy assessment in your evaluation

Legislation and policy are valuable strategies for social change, since these population-based interventions often outlast funding and program cycles. As a result, policies and governance documents are adopted and implemented in typical evaluation contexts, including health, education and human services. These written policies can be a valuable source of data when evaluating large-scale initiatives or assessing complex programs; however, policy assessment is a useful tool often overlooked in evaluation. Using a statewide anti-bullying initiative as an example, this interactive session will center around three key steps for evaluating written policies

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Focus Search - Policy change is sustainable after funding is gone Systematic & (hopefully) transparent, just like good evaluation Can support changes in social norms (marriage equality & increased acceptance of sexual minorities in our society) Offer legal support and structure for disenfranchised populations 3 Clearly, the policy cycle offers ample opportunities for evaluation Important to have a systematic & transparent approach to all phases of policy development 4 Develop Adopt Implement Enforce Refine What do we mean by policy assessment Definition varies – in this case very simplistic meaning that we’re literally assessing the adoption & strength of a policy Can also mean comparing the value & worth of different policies to address a social situation to answer the question, which policy approach might work best?


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Advocacy and Policy Evaluation materials

Materials from the presentation "Taking the Measure of 'Role' And 'Contribution': A Mixed Methods Approach to Policy Evaluation." From the AEA 2011 session: Methods in Evaluating Advocacy Efforts: Grantmakers' Perspectives. Includes both the powerpoint slides and the diagram of the six-step policy process that we used as a framework for our internal policy evaluation

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Focus Search - No Yes Yes (in a different form) Policy environment Moderate Challenging Hopeful • Document review • 22 interviews –14 external stakeholders –8 internal staff • Interview notes coded (Atlas.ti) –A priori codes –Inductively developed codes Quantitative “Level of policy change” 1


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Designing evaluation indicators to assess the impact of policy advocacy in a low-resource setting: experiences from Uganda

PATH includes robust monitoring and evaluation in every effort. To that end, the Advocacy for Better Health team needed an evidence based approach to evaluate progress toward project goals. First, they developed a theory of change and results framework to define a clear link between intermediate results and the overall goal

Designing evaluation indicators to assess the impact of policy.pdf


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Eval14: From Headlines to Sparklines: Using Media Tracking in a Real World Context (AEA 2014)

Have you been hoping to add media tracking to your evaluation toolkit? Have you wondered how it can fit into policy and advocacy evaluation? This demonstration session will showcase how media tracking was used in a developmental policy evaluation that examines the placement of early childhood development in the Monterey County, CA policy landscape. The presenters will describe their process of developing and adapting media tracking to examine the volume and nature of early childhood media coverage over time, as well as discuss considerations evaluators should take to tailor this method for their needs

AEA 2014 - Media Tracking_FINAL.pdf


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Eval11 Session 393: Taking the Measure of "Role" And "Contribution": A Mixed Methods Approach to Policy Evaluation

Materials from the presentation "Taking the Measure of 'Role' And 'Contribution': A Mixed Methods Approach to Policy Evaluation." From the AEA 2011 session: Methods in Evaluating Advocacy Efforts: Grantmakers' Perspectives. Includes both the powerpoint slides and the diagram of the six-step policy process that we used as a framework for our internal policy evaluation

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The Pillars of Public Program Evaluation

This is the lead article in "Evaluation South Asia," the first professional evaluaiton journal for all countries in South Asia, published in 2008. The article lays out a general struction for developing evaluation as a viable professional field and funciton for the betterment of national policies within South Asia. #public #Asia #DiversityandInclusion #policy #Communications #Communications #South #evaluation #GovernmentEvaluation #InternationalandCross-CulturalEval #program

Pilars of Public Program Evaluation.pdf