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Partnership evaluation : guidebook and resources

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    This is one of three evaluation guides produced as part of a series of technical assistance tools developed by the CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) for use by state NPAO programs. The documents address developing and using an evaluation consultation group, evaluating state nutrition, physical activity and obesity plans, and evaluating partnerships.

    The three initiatives are strategically linked. Partnerships are designed to provide a collaborative, integrated approach for developing and implementing a state plan. The evaluation consultation groups help to organize and focus the evaluations of state plans and partnerships.

    The guides clarify approaches to and methods of evaluation, provide examples and tools specific to the scope and purpose of state NPAO programs, and recommend resources for additional reading. The guides are intended to complement each other and offer guidance and a consistent definition of terms. The guides are also intended to aid skill-building on a wide range of general evaluation topics while recognizing that state NPAO programs differ widely in their experience with, and resources for, program evaluation. Although the guides were developed for use by state NPAO programs, the information will also benefit other state health department programs, especially chronic disease programs.

    In spring 2009, the DNPAO convened two meetings of a 32-member evaluation consultation group composed of state health department staff, CDC staff, and professional evaluators. The purpose of the meetings was to gain input into the development of a strategic plan and its implementation for the DNPAO evaluation team. The strategic plan that resulted provides the foundation for setting objectives and priorities for the evaluation of the Division’s three goal areas (nutrition, physical activity, and obesity).

    The strategic plan also defines how the evaluation team will (1) provide evaluation technical assistance to states, and (2) conduct program evaluation, evaluation research, and program monitoring. The evaluation team’s intention is to continuously create and sustain organizational processes that make quality evaluation and its uses routine. Utilization-Focused Evaluation (UFE) is the evaluation team’s model of practice, and organizational collaboration and participation are strategies adopted to accomplish the evaluation team’s work.

    Suggested citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Evaluation Technical Assistance Document: Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) Partnership EvaluationGuidebook and Resources, 2011.


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