A Model for Multilevel Advocacy Evaluation

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  • The Colorado Trust provided three years of general operating support to nine advocacy organizations working to increase access to health through policy change work.
  • The nine grantees had a variety of goals and strategies and had different levels of organizational capacity, but were evaluated using a uniform evaluation approach.
  • The evaluation was designed to build grantees’ own evaluation capacity to incorporate real-time feedback, monitor progress toward goals, and to assess growth in the overall health advocacy community in Colorado.
  • Individual grantees identified short- and intermediate- term outcomes related to The Trust’s intermediate outcomes, which were in turn related to the long-term outcomes developed by The Trust and the grantees.
  • Challenges include aligning outcomes across levels, defining the baseline of the current “health advocacy community,” and identifying the time involved in managing the multitiered data collection effort.

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