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Searching for best practices is just one part of Innovation Station. If you did not find a best practice that meets the needs of your population, you might be on the path to innovation. This section of Innovation Station will provide you with resources to evaluate your innovative idea and ultimately contribute back to the evidence base for maternal and child health programs.

What is Program Evaluation?

Program evaluation uses the systematic collection of information about the activities and outcomes of programs to improve program effectiveness, inform decision making, and maintain accountability to ourselves and to stakeholders.

The evaluation framework presented here is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Framework for Program Evaluation and tailored toward Title V programs. The evaluation framework below contains applicable information and examples from Title V programs that illustrate each concept. For more background information or details on any of the six steps, please visit the CDC’s Framework for Program Evaluation page.

What will you find in these pages?

The purpose of this evaluation framework is to provide guidance for Title V programs on ways to establish evidence of effectiveness including resources for robust program evaluation and establishing that your new practice works. Each of the six steps for successful program evaluation will be illustrated using The Parent Child Assistance Program (Washington State), an AMCHP Innovation Station Best Practice and award winner at AMCHP’s 2013 Annual Conference. PCAP (the Parent Child Assistance Program) is a three year advocacy/case management model for women who are at-risk for substance abuse during pregnancy as well as their families.



The six steps to effective program evaluation are represented by each puzzle piece below:

(1) Engage Stakeholders

(2) Describe the Program

(3) Focus Evaluation Design

(4) Gather Credible Evidence

(5) Justify Conclusions

(6) Use and Share Lessons Learned

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