Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Setting a Precedent for Violence Prevention Practice: Building Evaluation Infrastructure and Learning from Developmental Evaluation

Session Number: 1284
Track: Government Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Developmental Evaluation, government evaluation, evaluation use,, internal evaluation
Session Chair: Moira S. Rivera, Dr. [Senior Evaluation Associate - Contracting Resources Group]
Presenter 1: Theresa L Armstead [Behavioral Scientist - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]
Presenter 2: Lauren Camphausen [Empowerment Evaluator - Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence ]
Presenter 3: Cynthia Roberts [Empowerment Evaluator - Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence]
Presenter 4: Moira S. Rivera, Dr. [Senior Evaluation Associate - Contracting Resources Group]
Presentation 4 Additional Author: Rasha Mariam El-Beshti [Program Evaluator - Contracting Resources Group, Inc. ]
Presentation 4 Additional Author: Brandy Daniels [ICF Macro]
Time: Nov 11, 2017 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Room: Marriott Balcony B

Abstract 1 Title: From Designing for Complexity to Learning and Action: Doing both in the CDC DELTA FOCUS Program
Presentation Abstract 1:

Tasked with evaluating a complex, multi-site program in which multiple strategies are used to prevent intimate partner violence, CDC’s evaluation of the DELTA FOCUS Program sought to learn which prevention strategies contribute to our knowledge of promising community-level strategies and how well the program was supported. This approach to evaluation fits within the conference subtheme of Learning What Works and Why. The evaluation design relied on performance measurement data to systematically document: a) support given to grantees from government evaluators, b) grantees’ implementation and evaluation strategies, and c) opportunities for program improvement. We implemented a data-to-action process to support learning and use of programmatic data to enhance evaluation practice. In this presentation we describe the process, specific findings that were generated, and how findings led to actions that improved evaluation practice. Using the developmental evaluation approach, aspects of the evaluation will be shared that were unrealized and harder to implement.

Abstract 2 Title: Using Case Studies to Set a Precedent for Practice: Lessons Learned from the DELTA FOCUS Evaluation
Presentation Abstract 2:

As a DELTA FOCUS grantee, the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCADV) has worked in collaboration with the CDC’s DELTA FOCUS team on utilization of the DELTA FOCUS developmental evaluation model in order to document DCADV’s potential contribute to practice-based evidence for IPV prevention. As part of the evaluation design, DCADV engaged in the development of a DELTA FOCUS Case Study to uncover early and emerging findings.  During this presentation, DCADV will provide attendees with concrete examples of the ways in which participation in the Case Study process was instrumental in deepening DCADV’s contextual understanding of strategy implementation and set a precedent for implementation and evaluation practice.  Attendees will obtain ideas about ways in which the development of Case Studies can serve as a useful tool for collaboratively documenting a project’s current implementation and evaluation status as well as inform further transformation and refinement of implementation and evaluation efforts.

Abstract 3 Title: Using an Embedded Empowerment Evaluator to Develop and Evaluate State- and Community-Level Intimate Partner Primary Prevention Strategies
Presentation Abstract 3:

It is well-established that government agencies require grantees to evaluate the work they fund. A common expectation is that third party evaluators with no connection to the funded agency conduct such evaluations. However a requirement of CDC DELTA FOCUS Program is that each coalition have a full-time embedded empowerment evaluator on staff to support both state-and community-level evaluation efforts. Primary prevention strategies in intimate partner violence involve complex state systems and communities, are emergent in nature, and call for a developmental approach. The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) will share how it developed, with the support of CDC’s support, its approach to developing such an evaluator role. The presenter will provide examples of how embedding an empowerment evaluator on-staff has supported the development and evaluation of the RICADV’s strategies in intimate partner violence primary prevention and has added evaluation capacity to the Coalition and its member agencies.

Abstract 4 Title: Learning from Change: Using developmental evaluation to capture lessons learned from an innovative intimate partner violence prevention approach
Presentation Abstract 4:

The implementation of the DELTA FOCUS Program effected a paradigm shift in how CDC Grantees approach Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) prevention. Whereas previous programs targeted individual and relationship-level predictors of IPV (e.g., school-based education on healthy relationships), DELTA FOCUS emphasizes strategies that address the broader community and societal conditions that lead to IPV (e.g., economic and social policies, processes and norms). Congruently, part of DELTA FOCUS’s project-wide evaluation sought to capture and disseminate the benefits, challenges, and lessons-learned associated with the shift towards community and societal-level IPV prevention. In this presentation, we will describe an evaluation conducted with CDC Staff and Grantees with the goal of capturing the experience of implementing this novel approach to IPV prevention. We will also provide examples of findings that may contribute important learning to the IPV prevention field and outline examples of how the CDC used these findings to inform program planning and administration.

Theme: Learning What Works and Why
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Many government programs are confronted with a requirement to address social issues well before there is definitive research to guide practice. At times, it is not possible or ethical to wait for solid research to emerge to address such issues. Confronted with this challenge, the CDC’s DELTA FOCUS Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Prevention Program is using developmental evaluation to create a foundation for building practice-based evidence related to population-level IPV prevention by: (1) establishing a comprehensive evaluation infrastructure that emphasizes internal, embedded evaluation, (2) setting a precedent for practice, and (3) articulating lessons learned from the shift towards population-level IPV prevention. This panel will provide an in-depth description of the DELTA FOCUS evaluation processes and staffing model, reflect on and share findings from its implementation, and present two evaluation initiatives that have been used to set a precedent for practice and advance the field of IPV prevention through practice-based evidence.

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