Online Program

Evaluating Statewide Foundations' Goals to Promote Health and Health Equity: Approaches, Findings, and Lessons Learned

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Kien Lee, PhD, Community Science, Gaithersburg, MD
Lori Nascimento, MPH, The California Endowment, Los Angeles, CA
The evaluation of the Connecticut Health Foundation’s goal to advance health equity found that the foundation was able to increase enrollment in affordable health insurance plan; support the integration of physical health, behavioral health, and oral health care services and optimal role of the safety net in health care reform; strengthen leadership and advocacy capacity for health equity; and help hold systems accountable to health equity. The foundation accomplished this through a three-pronged approach that includes grantmaking, policy advocacy, and strategic communications. A case study of The California Endowment’s Health in All Policies Framework found that the foundation successfully helped integrate health and wellness into the City of Los Angeles’ general plan, shifted perceptions of local politicians about health, promoted the value of health equity, and increased community engagement in city planning processes. The evaluations helped identify capacities and other contextual factors that contributed to these foundations’ success, and raised questions about the role of foundations as leaders, brokers, capacity-builders, and grantmakers in effecting policy and systems change. The evaluations also played a major role in informing the foundations’ future directions. The evaluators for both efforts worked closely with the foundations’ leadership to develop a framework that guided the development of measures and data collection strategies. The goal of this session is to describe and discuss the elements of an evaluation designed to understand and assess policy and systems change, the capacities needed to undertake such an evaluation, and lessons learned by the evaluators.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice

Learning Objectives:
Describe the findings from two foundations’ efforts to promote equity in healthcare policies and health in all policies Discuss the methods, required capacities, and challenges for evaluating policy and systems change efforts by philanthropic institutions.

Keyword(s): Health Disparities/Inequities, Evaluation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I lead evaluations of public and private health and systems change initiatives, including the Connecticut Health Foundation's work to promote equity in all healthcare policies. Among my interests is developing and implementing effective methodologies for evaluating policy and systems change efforts at the state and local levels.
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.