Evaluation Technical Assistance for NYSHealth Grantees: Phase 9
September 28, 2017
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 the previous grants. In 2017, 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 offered one-hour consultations with all new grantees who were 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. 20 organizations received this individualized assistance during the grant period. The online evaluation toolkit was promoted to potential NYSHealth applicants and grantees. Finally, NYU continued to maintain an online evaluation technical assistance forum to facilitate interaction among fellow grantees on evaluation issues.