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SPOTLIGHT ON: Truth Initiative's Combined College Initiative

Truth Initiative ( aims to reduce tobacco use through public education, research, and community engagement. Truth Initiative has embarked on two programs to address tobacco use among college students by focusing efforts on underserved populations and settings. 

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American Evaluation Association Summer Evaluation Institute: Finding Your Path in Evaluation

Who: Pete York, MSSA, Principal Associate, Community Science

Workshop 25: Introduction to Big Data, Data Analytics and Evaluation

June 6, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
June 7, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Atlanta, Georgia

The purpose of this workshop is to provide an introduction to the tools and techniques for the collection and analysis of big data, and to use case studies to illustrate the multiple ways in which big data and data analytics can strengthen program evaluation.

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Community Science to Evaluate Bush Foundation’s Change Network Program

The Bush Foundation has engaged Community Science as its evaluation partner for the Change Network program. The program intends to help leaders in Minnesota as well as North and South Dakota build their skills toward leading inclusively and equitably to effect individual, institutional, and systems change. This partnership and evaluation is an opportunity for Community Science to advance our mission of building healthy, just, and equitable communities and to strengthen the capacity of philanthropic and nonprofit organizations to use evaluation for continual strategy improvement.

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Interviews with Notable Contributors in the Development of Community Science

Tom Kelly, M.P.H. In continuation of celebrating Community Science’s 20th anniversary, we will commemorate those that have been major contributors to the mission success of Community Science by conducting interviews detailing their contributions. The second contributor in the series is Tom Kelly, Vice President-Knowledge, Evaluation & Learning at Hawaii Community Foundation and formerly the Associate Director for Evaluation at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Tom was interviewed by Nour Elshabassi, Research Assistant.

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Using Geographic Information System (GIS) for Evaluation and Promoting Equity

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer-based tool for integrating and analyzing geographic or spatial data. GIS allows users to combine important geographic attributes (for example, streets, zip codes, and program locations) with other types of data (for example, neighborhood demographic data, program participant characteristics, and program outcome measures). In turn, users can visualize this information in map form to identify patterns or relationships. Users can also manipulate GIS’s statistical tools to detect significant geographic trends and patterns. In sum, geospatial analysis allows users to visually and statistically detect relevant geographic and spatial phenomena that may remain unnoticed through more traditional analytic approaches.

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Staff Profile: Elisa González

Elisa M. González, Ph.D., Senior Analyst, has expertise in issues related to the social determinants of health with an emphasis on food and nutrition policies, youth workforce integration, and immigrant rights. She also has extensive knowledge about the history and ethics of public health, particularly in relation to the health and well-being of Latino populations. 

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Recent Publications:

Emerging Action Principles for Designing and Planning Community Change (March 2015)

Community Matters! Decades of scientific research have shown that being part of a supportive, inclusive and capable community promotes mental, physical, and social well-being more than any other factors known to the social and medical sciences. Our publication series, Community Matters: Action Principles, Frameworks, and Strategies, shares what science and practice have taught us about building and strengthening community. The first publication in this series, “Emerging Principles for Designing and Implementing Community Change,” has just been released.


Local Voices: On-the-Ground Perspectives on Driving Community Change in the Making Connections Sites (July 2014)

This report describes, from the perspective of local stakeholders, the experience of several sites involved in Making Connections — the Foundation’s signature community change initiative of the 2000s — in developing and enhancing the core capacities essential for articulating and pursuing a local community change agenda. The report describes the conditions in the communities when Making Connections began; the core capacities built during the decade-long initiative; the factors that contributed to capacity building; the evidence of improved outcomes for children, families and neighborhoods resulting from the enhanced change capacities; the continuing challenges of sustaining those capacities; and key takeaways from the experience.  


Addressing Health Disparities Through Organizational Change-Evaluation Report (April 2012)

In 2006, The Colorado Trust funded 14 organizations to improve their cultural competency in order to strengthen their capacity to reduce health disparities.  Community Science was engaged to evaluate the initiative, specifically assessing: 1) changes in cultural competency among grantees, 2) the influence of cultural competency changes on grantee interventions and short -term outcomes, 3) factors and conditions needed to bring about positive changes in organizational cultural competency, and 4) grantee progress and accomplishments over time.  


The Importance of Culture in Evaluation

The Importance of Culture in Evaluation, a publication funded by The Colorado Trust, provides insights to help guide the complex dynamics between evaluators, funders and stakeholders of different cultures. The report provides examples of where cross-cultural competency is critical in evaluation and recommends questions and strategies that an evaluator should consider when practicing this form of cultural competency.