Evaluation Technical Assistance for NYSHealth Grantees: Phase 10
September 21, 2018
Smaller, nonacademic organizations often lack the experience, time, and resources needed to conduct and implement evaluations that are critical to effective program execution and sustainability.
To address this need among its own grantees, NYSHealth began funding in 2008 a technical assistance initiative that offers additional support in strengthening the evaluation aspects of grantee projects. With funding from NYSHealth, the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine has provided direct assistance to selected grantees, held training workshops for grantees, and created an online evaluation toolkit to be used by potential NYSHealth applicants and current grantees. Through continued support from NYSHealth, the evaluation technical assistance program has built on the successes of previous years. In 2018, NYSHealth awarded NYU a grant to continue this initiative for NYSHealth grantees.
Under this grant, NYU held two evaluation technical assistance workshops for new NYSHealth grantees. These workshops covered a range of topics, including developing a logic model; designing and implementing a process evaluation; developing an outcome evaluation strategy; developing a survey plan; coding and analyzing qualitative data; and identifying and using secondary data. The NYU evaluation team continued to offer one-hour consultations with all new grantees who are candidates for the evaluation workshops. Following each workshop, the evaluation team offered customized technical assistance to participants, reaching out to interested grantees to review the type of assistance needed. The online evaluation toolkit was promoted to potential NYSHealth applicants and current grantees. Finally, NYU continued to maintain an online evaluation technical assistance forum to facilitate interaction among fellow grantees on evaluation issues.