Initial activities involved engaging stakeholders, evaluation planning, developing a PRC national logic model (Anderson and others, 2006), and documenting retrospective program activities (Franks and others, 2005; Franks and others, 2006).
Quantitative Indicators: The PRC Program indicators collect quantitative data that can be summarized across PRCs and over time. The indicators provide information on the program's depth and scope.
Contextual Studies: The contextual studies provide information on components of the PRCs’ work that cannot be captured by quantitative indicators. These studies answer several of the following evaluation questions:
- How do PRC researchers and their communities interact to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate a core prevention research project? (i.e., What are the approaches to community-based participatory research?)
- What are the characteristics of PRCs related to staff, partnering communities, organizational and partnership structures, resources, leadership, and institutional environment?
- What is the variety of the PRCs' core prevention research, including goals and contextual factors?
- What is the diversity of PRC training, technical assistance, and mentoring with communities and partners?
As recommended by CDC’s Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health, the PRC national evaluation recognizes the benefit and necessity of involving all project stakeholders. Doing so ensures that diverse perspectives are integrated into evaluation design, interpretation of findings, and dissemination of results.