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Category Archives: Real Life Examples

Written in collaboration with Emma Ramsbottom Wagner   We have been using a program called Lucidchart to create program roadmaps, or logic models, and wanted to share our experience with it. How we have used it We are evaluating a community grants initiative that includes 16 different grantees. One component of the evaluation was to [...]

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Written by Melissa Chapman Haynes, Emma Ramsbottom Wagner, and Angie Ficek We are the contracted evaluator for the Ohio Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (CCCP), which includes the cancer Program, the Ohio Cancer Plan, and the Partnership (the coalition), the Ohio Partners for Cancer Control (OPCC). The essence of CCCP work is on facilitating partnerships, increasing [...]

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Several weeks ago I had the great pleasure of presenting on best practices in data visualization at an informal seminar hosted by the Minnesota Evaluation Association (MNEA). The purpose of my presentation was to teach audience members how to create the “best graph ever” using Excel. Yes that’s right, little old Excel is all you [...]

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One thing they don’t teach you in graduate school is how to explain what you do as a program evaluator. I still sometimes stumble on the best way to describe my job. Take last weekend, for example, when I ran into an old friend: “Hi! It’s so nice to see you, Vanessa. So what are [...]

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Evaluation demonstrates the importance of attending multiple counseling sessions. QUITPLAN Centers® provide face to face counseling in clinic or hospital settings. The evaluation revealed: Most participants attend one or two sessions even though more are available Participants who attend more sessions are more likely to quit Counselors begin sharing these findings with participants to improve [...]

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ClearWay Minnesota’s SM QUITPLAN Helpline® provides free NRT to callers.  An 8-week supply of patches or gum was mailed to callers, but little was known about how callers actually use the supply. A survey of callers revealed that few are using the entire 8-week supply. So, to save costs, the NRT protocol was changed: First [...]

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Evaluation findings illuminate the need for a relapse prevention component QUITPLAN at Work® provides group cessation counseling in the workplace. The program has a high participation rate – quit rates are high, but relapse is also high. So the question is: How can we help prevent relapse? A survey of participants revealed that most of [...]

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