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Evaluating MAPP Efforts: Questions and Answers


Questions

Do these questions not address your concerns? Do you have additional questions? Contact MAPP staff at mapp@naccho.org, and they will either work with you directly, or connect you with a MAPP mentor.

Is there a link between documented policy changes and the potential impact of these changes on the health of the community?
There is a theoretical link between policy changes and the community''s health, specifically when you are changing an environmental or systems issue. Often, it is the data that support the connection between the two. For example, decreasing the speed limit on a stretch of road with a lot of fatalities would be supported by data showing the decrease in fatality rates after the policy change was implemented.

What are some tips and/or tools for increasing response rates and enhancing participation in the daunting evaluation process?
The bottom line is people need to feel that they are benefiting from the evaluation process in which they are involved. The evaluation and its results should directly benefit them, the work they do, and their community, as well as show them how they can use the information to promote what they need. One method for increasing participation is to pass out an evaluation on the spot after a community coalition meeting or presentation. Also, have the evaluators involved in the entire process, including designing the MAPP process at the beginning and collecting data in the middle, and they will be more interested in helping evaluate their work in the end.

Without evaluation specialists, how can an "in-house" evaluation be effective?
Often MAPP communities cannot afford an evaluation specialist, and they have to run the evaluation process themselves. It is important for the credibility of the evaluation to have someone with evaluation expertise, whether that person is an in-house or out-of-house resource. There are many resources on the Internet that provide guidance, tools, and information on how to perform a good evaluation. These sources include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site, the MAPP tool, and the sites of other national organizations. You can adapt these resources to make them user-friendly to your community and staff.


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