Evaluation Technical Assistance for NYSHealth Grantees and Applicants: Phase 4
October 3, 2012
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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 Phase 4 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 occured in fall 2012 to capture recent grantees and Workshop B took place in spring 2013 when grantees were ready for advanced evaluation topics. The program also continued one-hour consultations with all new grantees who were 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 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.