212484 Improving evaluation capacity among community organizations engaged in violence prevention work

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 5:00 PM

Daniel J. Healy, MPH , Epidemiology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Billie Weiss, MPH , Epidemology, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Michele M. Wood, PhD , School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Background/Purpose: In recent years, significant reductions in funding and support for community-based organizations engaged in violence prevention work has created a need for these organizations to conduct evaluation as a way to monitor their work and to better position themselves when applying for funding. In July 2007, the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center (SCIPRC) at the UCLA School of Public Health began offering multi-day evaluation workshops to community-based organizations affiliated with the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles. The goal of the workshops was to increase participants' knowledge and self-efficacy for conducting program evaluations. Participants were guided through the process of developing an evaluation plan for their proposed/current program. After conducting the workshops, the SCIPRC administered a survey to assess the usefulness of the workshops in helping participants develop an evaluation plan and prepare grant proposals. Methods: An online questionnaire was administered to all participants 2-24 months after their completion of the workshops. Responses from the survey were collected in May and June 2009 and analysis of the data was completed in July 2009. Results/Outcomes: The follow-up study achieved a 67% response rate. In total, 52 participants filled out the online questionnaire. 44% of respondents (n=23) have developed an evaluation plan since completing the workshops. 50% of respondents (n=26) stated that information provided in the workshops helped them prepare a grant proposal. Conclusions: The multi-day program evaluation workshops helped participants from community-based organizations prepare grant proposals and develop evaluation plans for their programs.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the effectiveness of a multi-day program evaluation workshop with community-based organizations engaged in violence prevention work.

Keywords: Violence Prevention, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a masters degree in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA School of Public Health and have provided technical assistance to community-based organizations in program evaluation for two years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.