Other Evaluation Resources
Practical Strategies for Culturally Competent Evaluation
To respond to persistent disparities in health outcomes, the public health workforce must have the sensitivity and flexibility to work effectively in diverse contexts. Similarly, evaluation of programs requires a culturally responsive approach. To that end, the National Asthma Control Program, in partnership with the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, developed Practical Strategies for Culturally Competent Evaluation. This guide and accompanying tip sheet highlight opportunities for integrating cultural competence throughout the six steps of the CDC evaluation process.
Evaluation Questions Checklist
Virtually all evaluation guidance materials stress the need for good evaluation questions, yet the evaluation literature generally has provided only broad guidance on developing them. To help get to good questions–questions that are likely to lead to actionable evaluation findings–we created a checklist for use in assessing potential evaluation questions. The list is grounded in the evaluation literature and has benefitted from the practice wisdom of many evaluators inside and out of CDC. Contact Maureen Wilce for a list of references: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding the Right People for Your Evaluation Team
Broad stakeholder engagement is an essential element of the National Asthma Control Program’s approach to evaluation. People who have been included in evaluation planning and implementation are more likely to help ensure that the findings, which represent an investment of their time, are put to use. And so it follows that the evaluator is but one member of a team of people necessary to make the most of your evaluation.
We have created this packet to help you think about how to build your evaluation team. It includes a sample job description for an evaluator; a list of evaluator competencies; and sample letters for recruiting members of your strategic and individual evaluation planning teams.
Cultural Competence Assessment Tool for State Asthma Programs and Partners (CCAT)
With ever-growing diversity in the United States, cultural competence for all public health programs is an ethical imperative. The Cultural Competence Assessment Tool for State Asthma Programs and Partners (CCAT) is a practical resource designed to promote and enhance cultural competence among our many asthma partner organizations. Based on the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service (CLAS) Standards, the CCAT is a self-assessment tool designed to guide programs in assessing the cultural competence of their own programs. Using a flexible, team-based approach, programs use the CCAT internally, with the aim of identifying program strengths and areas for improvement in cultural competence.
Tool for Assessing Asthma Referral Systems
The Tool for Assessing Asthma Referral Systems (TAARS) is intended for use by asthma control programs as a guide in helping to understand the how effectively their referral systems are operating within their programs. Programs can use TAARS to conduct a comprehensive or more focused assessment of their referral system.