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Resources by Topic: Evaluation methods and resources

ROI Toolkit: A Guide for Conducting a Return on Investment Analysis of Your Community Health Worker Health Program
A step-by-step guide to help healthcare organizations learn and understand the key elements for conducting a return on investment analysis for their community health worker (CHW) program. Requires free login to access.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: MHP Salud
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Evaluating Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Interventions: Lessons Learned From CDC's Prevention Research Centers
Evaluations of 7 initiatives designed to promote healthy behaviors in various urban and rural areas. Includes descriptions of programs with breakdowns by study design, data sources, analysis methods, intended users, and evaluation questions.
Author(s): Sally Honeycutt, Jennifer Leeman, William J. McCarthy, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 12
Date: 10/2015
Type: Document
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Population-Centered Risk- and Evidence-Based Dental Interprofessional Care Team (PREDICT): Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial
Discusses the implementation of the program PREDICT, Population-Centered Risk- and Evidence-Based Dental Interprofessional Care Team. Determines the program's usefulness as an evaluation tool for new delivery models and payment structures to improve dental care and oral health for low-income children and mothers in rural Oregon.
Author(s): Joana Cunha-Cruz, Peter Milgrom, R. Michael Shirtcliff, et al.
Citation: Trials, 16, 278
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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Building the Evaluation Capacity of Local Programs Serving American Indian/Alaska Native Populations: Lessons Learned
Describes technical assistance provided to help tribal communities develop their evaluation capacity so they could show that the substance abuse prevention programs they were undertaking were effective. Includes discussion of facilitators and challenges related to building evaluation capacity.
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Program Evaluation Workshop Materials for State Flex Programs
Includes presentations and workshop materials regarding program evaluation, demonstrating value and outcomes, project management, logic models, return on investment, evaluation best practices, and Rural Hospital Performance Improvement projects for state Flex programs.
Date: 07/2014
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Technical Assistance and Services Center
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Federal Grant Writing Manual
Assists grant applicants in writing federal grant proposals. Provides information on the different components of a grant application, including how to develop the goals and objectives, budget, work plan, project sustainability, and evaluation.
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Technical Assistance and Services Center
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A Roadmap for Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities
A resource to build evaluation knowledge and skills of tribes, evaluation partners, and other stakeholders to conduct more useful and meaningful evaluations. Focused on evaluation of child welfare programs, but applicable to evaluation of other types of programs.
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress
Develops an actionable plan for measuring the nation's progress in obesity prevention efforts. Includes information and tools related to evaluating obesity prevention efforts, with the goal that the most promising interventions will be adopted more widely. Includes some discussion of challenges related to rural program evaluation. Appendix E features tools and methods used to evaluate programs and identifies those that were used in a rural setting.
Additional links: Read Online
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Why Rural Research Is Important — And How Foundations Can Support It
Examines the increasing emphasis on evidence-based practice in health and human services and why more and better rural data collection is necessary. Discusses the role the federal government and foundations can play in supporting rural research.
Author(s): Kathleen Belanger
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Community Paramedicine Evaluation Tool
Provides a framework by which data can be collected from multiple community paramedicine programs to develop common successes and challenges. Designed to address rural settings.
Date: 03/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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