utility of any concept lies in the real-world application of the
theories behind it and the procedures designed to test it. Evaluation
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California Medical Association Foundation (CMAF)
CMAF is interested in addressing the misuse and inappropriate use of antibiotics, a threat to the public’s health.
Potential resistance to antibiotics may occur when patients are over-prescribed or ill-prescribed antibiotics by
their physicians, when patients use antibiotics obtained from unlicensed sources, or when patients incompletely
or indiscriminately use antibiotics.
Initially, the project aims to develop partnerships between physicians and community health workers for
health education services to Latino patients. Short-term and mid-term project objectives include culturally
specific messaging diffused through CMAF-trained promotoras (community outreach workers) and ethnic media
for Spanish-speaking Latinos who seek health care from private and public providers.
Evaluation Focused Consulting assisted in the development of a logic model for the project,
Prevenir es Vivir (Prevention is to Live) to focus the trajectory between project staff’s
activities and desirable public health outcomes related to proper use of antibiotics.
Focus groups of Latino consumers and promotoras were conducted by EFC to inform the
development of Prevenir es Vivir as a pilot project. EFC consulted on development of
customized data-collection instruments for project monitoring and process evaluation.
Thus, assisting future project phases to contribute to the long-term outcome of having
culturally relevant educational preventive efforts influence the reduction of antibiotic
resistance levels among Latino communities (2007-2008).
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)
Evaluation Focused Consulting, in association with Michael Scott Studios/XLRQ.com,
was contracted for an evaluation of CALCASA's Prevention Connection,
The Violence Against Women Prevention Partnership. Prevention Connection's
web conference design is an innovation toward advancing the concept of primary
prevention in work related to prevention of violence against women throughout
the United States.
Consulting services included protocol development, data collection, analysis
and report writing. Data sources included online focus groups of service providers
in academic, community-based organizations; health departments and statewide coalitions;
phone interviews with program supporters and constituents; and web conference quantitative
data and program transcripts previously collected by CALCASA. Audio recordings by
Michael Scott Studios/XLRQ.com enabled quality assurance of interview and focus-group data for
final report preparation by Evaluation Focused Consulting.
Evaluation findings were presented with program design, marketing,
and web site enhancement recommendations for short-term and long-term
planning by CALCASA staff. Michael Scott Studios/XLRQ.com prepared a
report outlining a communications and technology roadmap for use by
CALCASA in fiscal year 2007.
Open Society Institute
(OSI), New York
To inform the processes of future grant making, OSI commissioned
an independent evaluation of the effectiveness of its grant application,
selection and implementation processes.
Evaluation Focused Consulting was selected in November 2005 to
conduct document analysis and interviews with grantees and staff
for first-hand accounts of experiences with the TB/HIV Small Grants
Project. Accounts from interviews supplemented information found
in project progress reports by grantees and the observations and
experiences of OSI and Treatment Action Group staff members. Phone
interviews with grantees in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Eastern
Europe were conducted between December 2005 and February 2006.
A final report of assessment findings and recommendations was presented
to OSI for internal use.
Regional Community Benefit Department, Southern California
To address pediatric overweight and obesity among Latinos, Kaiser
Permanente Southern California Region called for a community assessment
to identify what organizational leaders, parents, and community
residents believed were the interventions best suited for implementation
among Latino communities. This community assessment also served
as a means of including those community representatives in the strategic
planning of Kaiser Permanente’s Health Education Department.
The department was interested in gathering information to inform
programmatic and policy development and to strengthen relationships
with community organizations already engaged in addressing childhood
overweight and obesity in Latino communities. Additionally, Kaiser
Permanente wanted to learn how promotoras (community-based
educational staff and volunteers) could be effective conduits for
health promotion messages to the Latino community.
Interviews with staff from community based public and private organizations,
educational institutions, clinic-based programs, and school districts
were conducted in the fall of 2005. Focus groups of Latino parents
and promotoras were also conducted. Focus group participants
were primarily Spanish speaking, Latino residents or promotoras
in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties.
This project was performed in affiliation with The Center for Applied
Spanish Speaking Women’s
SSWCI is a collaborative effort of government and community-based
organizations that includes the Contra Costa Department of Health
Services, The American Cancer Society, The Wellness Center and the
Women’s Cancer Resource Center. The data collected and report
written for the initiative was funded by The California Endowment
in 2004 to assess the benefits of the initiative’s outreach,
educational, counseling, and clinical services in a four-year period
and inform future grant funding requests.
Data collection methods included a literature review on cancer
among Latinas, co-facilitation of focus groups of Spanish-speaking
cancer survivors, and survey instrument development for use with
service and clinical providers. Data analysis and writing of the
evaluation report section, Effectiveness in Sustaining Collaboration
and Systems Change, was prepared in affiliation with The Center
for Applied Local Research.