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New Evaluation Project to Measure Program Success of 10 Organizations

NWCPHP and the UW School of Nursing are one of four evaluation awardees by Best Starts for Kids.

NWCPHP and the UW School of Nursing are one of four evaluation awardees by Best Starts for Kids.

July 26, 2018

Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Best Starts for Kids has awarded NWCPHP and the UW School of Nursing $400,000 to evaluate the program implementation of 10 different organizations each seeking to expand the availability of community-designed home-based programs and practices for young children.

These organizations, also funded by Best Starts for Kids, will use technical assistance for capacity building and expanding these home-based services. “Our team’s role will be to measure the impact that the technical assistance has on program planning, development, execution, and organizational capacity,” said NWCPHP Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships, Joana Cunha-Cruz, DDS, PhD, MPH.

Embedded in the communities they serve, these organizations are meeting community needs by leaning on the knowledge and expertise of the community itself to identify approaches for developing and expanding home-based services. With this in mind, the evaluation team will also partner closely with these community-based organizations throughout the project.

Evaluators will use a developmental evaluation approach that incorporates extensive organizational engagement and participation. One method for doing so includes conducting learning circles for collecting stakeholder input, gathering data, and providing real-time ongoing feedback to the organizations. The team will also apply the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research and the World Health Organization’s PROGRESS equity lens in the evaluation.

“We are looking forward to working with such a diverse group of organizations who are using best practices developed by the community, for the community in order to address health disparities,” said Cunha-Cruz.

The 10 community-based organizations are:

  • United Indians of All Tribes
  • East African Community Services
  • Atlantic Street Center
  • Centro Rendu @St. Vincent DePaul
  • Iraqi Community Center
  • Open Arms Perinatal Services
  • El Centro de la Raza
  • Somali Health Board
  • Coalition Refugees from Burma
  • Open Doors for Multicultural Families

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