Coalition evaluation enables coalitions to tell their story by demonstrating the impact on community problems and the ability to address emerging needs. ECS works with our clients to assist them in implementing functional evaluation processes.
We use REACH software to track outputs, coalition processes, and programs. This online tool enables coalitions and collaborations to engage in strong evaluation with minimal paper and staff dedication. ECS also provides coalition support to develop your coalition’s capacity to create change in the community and measure your impact accurately.
Below is our standard evaluation process. For more information on our coalition evaluation processes, contact Deacon/Kelli?
ECS uses a methodology that employs “outputs” to measure the dose of intervention related to the clients intended outcomes. Each output represents a “dose” of intervention in a coalition’s logic model. Like medicine, not all doses, or outputs, are the same strength, so we use this methodology to make sure that outputs are weighted correctly when aligned to a logic model.
There are 5 types of outputs:
- Community Action
- Community Change
- Services Provided
- Resources Generated
As communities are hard to manipulate and control, we observe what is happening and seek to understand what influences changes in behaviors and conditions. This is the foundation for tracking the work of the client related to specific outcomes.
This process consists of 5 basic steps:
- Collect Output Data (dose)
- Establish a Time Sequence
- Demonstrate Plausible Mechanisms
- Account for Alternative Explanations
- Show Similar Effects in Similar Contexts
- Logic Model Refinement
- Commons Evaluation
- Initiative Evaluation Outputs
- Documentation Graphing Reporting
- Analysis of Contribution