Tracking regular outputs and accomplishments is a key component of coalition evaluation. In order to demonstrate a coalition’s efforts as contribution to change, it is important to track indicator data related to each point on the coalition’s logic model. Many coalitions successfully track long term data, which is used to measure changes over time based on stated problems or goals addressed. This data often comes in the form of student surveys conducted through local schools. Unfortunately, short-term data collection is often pushed to the back burner as it does not tell a story of the “big picture.” This short-term data is important as it allows the coalition to tell the story of how it is addressing its local conditions and identifies early on areas where efforts need to be reviewed for potential changes.
Short-term data or local condition indicators should be collected on a quarterly basis. This regular data collection allows the coalition to see if its efforts are impacting local conditions. If short-term data is not changing, the coalition should take a step back to review existing efforts, and revise and refine as necessary.
If the coalition is working to address vendors not carding for alcohol purchases, regular compliance checks will provide short-term data and help identify if efforts, such as trainings and compliance checks, are reducing the number vendors selling alcohol.
Please contact an evaluator to discuss short-term data collection.