142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Office on Women’s Health Coalition for a Healthier Community Initiative: Evaluating gender-aware public health systems approaches to gender disparities

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 9:50 AM - 10:10 AM

Suzanne Randolph, PhD , Center for Community Prevention and Treatment Research, The MayaTech Corporation, Silver Spring, MD

Background/significance:  The Office on Women’s Health funded 10 coalitions in urban and rural communities to integrate gender analyses into policies and programs that provide equitable services to improve women and girls’ health.

Objective/purpose: This paper reports on the national evaluation plans for the Initiative, including the logic model, systems-level outcome indicators, and strategies to evaluate coalition functioning and cost effectiveness.

Methods:  Participatory evaluation methods were used to engage OWH staff and grantees in developing the logic model and evaluation plans.  To select indicators for system-level outcomes, the national evaluation team conducted a systematic literature review. To assess the evaluability of the Initiative in terms of these outcomes, the team conducted site visits to grantee communities, engaged gender experts in review of progress and evaluation reports, and conducted OWH staff briefings. 

Results:  Key system-level indicators were finalized for the national evaluation. Site visits and document reviews indicated that grantees have varying levels of evaluation capacity. Webinars and in-person grantee trainings have been used to facilitate a more resource efficient national evaluation. Gender experts identified areas in which integration of gender analyses (which grantees conducted during a planning phase) could be strengthened. Indicators have been identified to assess the extent of gender integration as well as coalition functioning and the cost effectiveness of these approaches to improving women and girls’ health.

Discussion/Conclusions:  Gender-aware public health systems approaches pose several challenges to implementation and evaluation.  Providing evaluation capacity building as part of the national evaluation can strengthen the evaluability of such systems-level interventions.

Learning Areas:

Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the key components of the system-level evaluation plan for the National Evaluation of the Office on Women’s Health Coalition for a Healthier Community Initiative. List five indicators that can be used to evaluate outcomes of systems-level interventions.

Keyword(s): Evaluation, Gender

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Project Director for the National Evaluation of the Office on Women’s Health Coalition for a Healthier Community Initiative, the subject of this session. I have been the principal or co-principal investigator of multiple federally-funded grants and contracts evaluating system-level interventions to address racial/ethnic and gender health disparities and have over 20 years of experience in public health including evaluation.
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.