Since 2010, the Center’s Sustainability Project team—led by Douglas Luke and Sarah Moreland-Russell, managed by CPHSS project manager Annaliese Calhoun and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health—has developed, refined and disseminated a tool designed to measure program capacity for sustainability. Developed using expert input from researchers, funders, and state and local program managers, the framework and tool identified a range of critical factors affecting program sustainability capacity. The final Program Sustainability Framework and Assessment Tool have been reliability tested and can be used by programs in a variety of levels and settings to better understand and plan for their sustainability. As part of the project’s dissemination phase, in November 2012 CPHSS launched the website www.sustaintool.org to allow users to take the tool online for free. The website allows users to:
- learn about program sustainability capacity,
- assess their program across eight sustainability domains,
- receive a summary report of the sustainability results, and
- view resources on further sustainability planning.
The launch of www.sustaintool.org has generated much interest from program evaluators interested in measuring program capacity for sustainability. On December 17, 2012, Calhoun shared the Sustainability Assessment Tool website and goals on the American Evaluation Association’s AEA360 blog. Her post was ranked the #1 AEA360 blog post of 2012 and the #3 ranked AEA360 blog post in all time page views. Check out Calhoun’s blog post here.