Evaluation Technical Assistance for NYSHealth Grantees and Applicants: Phase 5
October 11, 2013
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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 a technical assistance initiative that offers additional assistance in strengthening the evaluation aspects of grantee projects. With funding from NYSHealth, the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine evaluation team has provided direct assistance to selected grantees, held training workshops for grantees, and created an online evaluation resource to be used by potential NYSHealth applicants. With a grant from NYSHealth, the evaluation program continued to build on the success of the previous grants.
The evaluation program continued to hold evaluation technical assistance workshops— Workshop A was held in fall 2013 to capture recent grantees and Workshop B took place in spring 2014, when grantees are ready for advanced evaluation topics. These workshops targeted new grantees as well as previous grantees who are still funded but did not have the opportunity to attend the workshop in the past. The program also continued with one-hour consultations with all new grantees who are candidates for the evaluation workshops. Following each workshop, the evaluation team reached out to interested grantees to review the type of assistance needed. A total of 15–25 organizations received this individualized assistance during the grant period. Finally, the online evaluation toolkit developed in Phase 2 was promoted to potential NYSHealth applicants and current grantees. The NYU team also worked with NYSHealth staff to better integrate this toolkit into its grantmaking process.