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Healthy & Active Communities Initiative Evaluation
Funder: Missouri Foundation for Health
Staff Contact: Nikole Lobb Dougherty
Project Duration: 2008-present
In 2005, the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) launched the Healthy & Active Communities (H&AC) Initiative to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce obesity rates in Missouri. Since 2005, multiple funding strategies have been part of the Initiative, including Model Practice Building (MPB), Innovative Funding (IF), and Promising Strategies (PS). H&AC strategies have been designed to fund grantees to combat obesity through various innovative methods, including direct programming, the built environment, advocacy, and policy change.

CPHSS serves as the external evaluator for the H&AC Initiative, with the goal of conducting a rigorous evaluation of the MPB, IF, and PS strategies, and the H&AC Initiative overall. The H&AC Initiative evaluation uses a participatory, logic model-driven approach. The evaluation plan employs a mixed methods design (quantitative and qualitative data collection) to answer a prioritized set of evaluation questions. 

Another goal of the evaluation is to increase grantees’ internal evaluation capacity and skills through technical assistance and training.  The evaluation team provides H&AC grantees evaluation technical assistance in a number of areas including: 1) development of evaluation measures (e.g., evaluation tool development); 2) identification of appropriate data management resources (e.g., database development and training); 3) provision of tools for accurate analysis and reporting (e.g., SPSS training); and 4) referral of existing evaluation resources (e.g., referral to existing local and national tools).

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