The document highlights the differing views held about the evaluation of comprehensive community initiatives, including their goals and expectations, study design and methodology, data collection and management as well as the interpretation, presentation and use of results. The summary also details the importance of defining the community and including the cultural context for these efforts.

March 24, 1997

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why evaluating comprehensive community initiatives is complex.

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    Why a theory of change approach is useful in evaluating comprehensive community initiatives.

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    Evaluations of comprehensive community initiatives benefit from the involvement of stakeholders.

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    The data and data management issues associated with evaluating comprehensive community initiatives.

Key Takeaway

Flexible Evaluations and Tools

Comprehensive community initiatives require evaluators to use a variety of tools and methods to capture change within a complex environment.  These include surveys, qualitative approaches, administrative data and other existing data sets. The evaluation itself may evolve over time rather than stay fixed.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations