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Table of Contents • Introduction • What Do I Need to Get Started? •  Falls Free© Logic Model  • Standard Set of Survey Questions • Next Steps • Appendix 

The Evaluation Guidelines are not offered to replace ongoing evaluation in states. State coalitions are encouraged to continue to assess measures already in place, especially when they have been identified as priorities by local stakeholders or associated funding requirements.  For example, state coalitions working with state public health departments to monitor falls data should continue to do so. These recommendations offer suggested targets for evaluation activities. 

These recommended guidelines are not intended to assess a coalition’s operational efficiency and communications (i.e., the extent to which a coalition is functioning effectively). We recognize that a healthy, well-functioning coalition is in a better position to accomplish its goals, and resources describing strategies that can be used to examine how well a coalition is operating are provided in Appendix G. 

How Can I Best Use Findings and Lessons Learned?

Dissemination of evaluation findings is important. Prior to launching an evaluation effort, consider carefully how the results will be presented, and who they will be presented to. When describing the study findings always consider your audience.  Findings always must be presented accurately.

Conclusion

For most state fall coalitions, evaluating impact is a high priority. State coalition leaders are encouraged to collaborate with evaluation experts and utilize the information and resources provided in this Evaluation Guidelines as they pursue evaluation efforts. The time invested in evaluation is well spent as evaluation findings can support the accountability of state coalitions, allow cross-state comparisons and inform coalition priorities.

 

 

 

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