Q1: Does the 10% required allocation for an Evaluator have to go to a separate specialist?
A1: The 10% required allocation is to support evaluation activities. It may be used to hire an external evaluator, fund an evaluation contract, and/or support the costs of evaluation activities in other ways.
Q2: Does the 10% allocation for evaluation apply to year 1, or just years 2-5?
A2: The 10% allocation for evaluation is for years 1-5.
Q3: Can the YRBS staff also do the evaluation?
A3: Yes, if they have the right skill set for the evaluation that is required in this FOA.
Q4: What credentials is DASH looking for with regards to the Evaluator at 10%?
A4: That will depend on what best meets the needs of the applicant.
Q5: Performance measures are the same for Strategies 2 and 3. What kind of outcome measures will NGO be responsible for?
A5: Although the short-term outcomes measures will likely be measured by the STL, the NGO will be held accountable for helping STL achieve those outcomes.
Q6: How do we track and report number of students tracked and referred when this is confidential?
A6: The DASH evaluation team will work with awardees to determine an appropriate process for this. DASH will not expect applicants to report names of students referred, only the total numbers.
Q7: I cannot find a requirement to provide a logic model with the application. Are applicants to use the logic model provided or develop their own?
A7: A logic model is not required with the application; the logic model in the FOA is the one the applicant should base their program on. See pages 7-8 and 17 for FOA logic models.
Q8: What tools for tracking key objectives, such as improved linkage to health services and increased percentage of alternative schools that increase school environment, are suggested for use and for inclusion in the proposals? (page 14)
A8: Evaluation Questions and Short-Term Performance Measures are listed on pages 24-26. Some of these measures will be collected under School Health Profiles and other measures under a revised system that will be designed by CDC and presented to awardees during orientation.
Q9: On page 24, in the Evaluation Questions and Short-Term Outcome Performance Measures table, isn't the "percentage of schools" for Approaches B and C mean the percentage of the 20 priority schools only, not all schools?
A9: The reason that the percentage of schools is used in the school-level performance measure is that DASH needs to measure the performance outcomes in both the state or district as a whole AND in just the targeted schools, so that we have a means of comparison.
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