Systems change evaluation for
The Women’s Fund of Omaha:
The Adolescent Health Project
What is the strategy for understanding how youth perceive sexual and reproductive health? Hire a team of youth researchers to investigate, of course.
In an effort to continually embed the youth voice into evaluation, YPAR was invited to present their results at quarterly meetings known as the Learning Collaborative. We facilitated these meetings to better coordinate the simultaneous strategies that systems change requires, and to foster collaboration between grantee service providers. Providing the space for open discussion, generating trust, and developing relationships were all important aspects to improving this system.
To ensure that service providers really were improving the quality of their services, we had the Learning Collaborative develop and implement guiding principles and measure them. The YPAR team also measured these principles from the youth perspective so results could be compared—did the experience of youth “mystery shoppers” accessing these services match up with the grantees’ perceptions of service delivery? This strategy gave service providers real information to use when making decisions about how to improve.
Now in its fifth year, the AHP has exceeded its goals for increasing the number of service providers available to the public, and increased rates for STD testing. It has connected more frequently with targeted populations and improved access to services for those populations.
The Community of Practice for Homelessness Initiative
Homelessness service providers better support the homeless community by developing a community of their own.
Along the way, a desire to tell a joint story about homelessness emerged from the community of practice. To make this a reality, we are creating an interactive map and dashboard that provides information about the issue, as well as the continuum of care of service providers and partners that work towards solving it.
Program evaluation for
In improving their program for low-income single-parent families in Larimer County, our client got more than they bargained for.
Program evaluation for
How do you dial in the fidelity of your program? You deeply engage stakeholders in conversation.
Situation Analysis and ongoing evaluation for Heartland Family Service:
The Navigating to Home Project
A clear pathway to housing the homeless is emerging from an ongoing learning process of improving coordination across homeless services.
LGBTQIA+ Strengths and Needs Assessment
Setting funding priorities by asking the community what they need.