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Strategic Planning Process to Address Tobacco-Related Disparities in Idaho


Type(s) of Evaluation Planned or Conducted and Status


What is the status of your evaluation?


Do you address process evaluation?

Yes. A master's student and independent evaluator from Boise State University (as part of her coursework) agreed to document the strategic planning process including activities conducted, challenges faced, milestones reached and lessons learned. The evaluator attended and documented all workgroup planning meetings, workgroup meetings, and workgroup de-briefing meetings. After each workgroup meeting, the evaluator filled out the "Form for Observing Workgroup Meetings" and administered the "Evaluation Checklist Form to Assess Workgroup Meetings" to all meeting attendees. After each meeting the evaluator prepared a summary report of the meeting and of the month's activities. These summary reports informed the development of the strategic planning process.

The evaluator wrote a final process evaluation report documenting the activities that took place, who conducted them and who was reached by the activities.

Do you address outcome evaluation?

Outcome evaluation was addressed by documenting the achievement of a final, approved, and adopted strategic plan by the designated deadline. The plan included goal areas, strategies, tactics, lead responsible parties and due date. The achievement of creating a strategic plan developed by a representative, inclusive and diverse workgroup who had an equal opportunity for input and participation was documented by conducting key participant interviews at the end of the strategic planning process.

Another outcome included the development of a sustained process that continued after the three meetings of the Workgroup. Population group representatives filled out local assessments; the group agreed to meet again in January, 2003; the group found a permanent institutional home at the Tobacco Free Idaho Alliance; the state designated $57,000 to ensure plan implementation and the state hired a half-time disparities coordinator.

Briefly describe the evaluation design.

The evaluation design was that of a writing a case study describing and interpreting key activities, players, challenges, and lessons learned during the strategic planning process.

Data Collection Methods

  • Self-Report Survey or Questionnaire
  • In-Person Interview/Survey
  • Telephone Interview/Survey

Data Source

  • Adult Tobacco Survey (ATS)
  • Behavioral Risk Factor
  • Surveillance System (BRFSS)
  • Current Population Survey (CPS)
  • Key Informant Surveys
  • Smoking-Attributable, Mortality, Morbidity, and Economic Costs (SAMMEC)
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS)
  • Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS)
  • Other: Women, Infants and Children Program Data and Medicaid Program Data

Range of Intended Outcomes

  • Increased Knowledge
  • Other:
    • adoption of strategic plan by state
    • funding of implementation of strategic plan
    • permanent home for Disparity Workgroup at Tobacco Free Idaho Alliance
    • hiring of permanent half-time BHP disparity coordinator

List key evaluation findings and/or conclusions for each intended outcome.


Were evaluation findings and/or conclusions disseminated to policy and/or program intervention stakeholders?

A Case Study of the Process to Develop and Adopt A Strategic Plan in Idaho was printed and disseminated to all invited members of the Tobacco Disparities Working Group; to the staff at the Department of Health and Welfare, Bureau of Health Promotion; to the staff and contractors of the Idaho Tobacco Prevention and Control Program; and to the CDC. The plan was presented at all state conferences including those convened by various population groups including tribal and Hispanic/Latino conferences. The Tobacco Program staff presented the plan and described the process that led up to it at a number of national meetings. The plan was presented to each Idaho local health district which constitutes the public health infrastructure.

Briefly describe how evaluation findings and/or conclusions were used to inform program planning or development?

Findings from the evaluation instruments administered after each workgroup meeting were immediately reviewed by the project director, facilitator and evaluator and used to refine the strategic planning process. For example, feedback from the Evaluation Checklist Forms from the first meeting was used to revise, tighten and clarify the agenda for the second meeting.

Idaho's Plan to Identify and Eliminate Tobacco Related Disparities Among Populations will be used to guide all future activities aimed at increasing Idaho's capacity to address tobacco-related disparities.

Evaluation Notes


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