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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 first step in building evaluation capacity is to assess existing resources and evaluation activities already in progress. Who among your coalition members, partners and collaborators has evaluation skills? Are they willing to donate their time or is funding needed? Nonprofit hospitals might have public benefit requirements or grants to support this evaluation work. Evaluation support can also be obtained from community foundations (600+), corporate foundations and private foundations.

State and local public health representatives and academic researchers have the expertise needed to launch and sustain coalition evaluation efforts. Examples of collaboration between state coalitions and evaluation experts are provided in Appendix E. Relationships between university-based academic departments and state fall coalitions can be mutually beneficial.  That is, the coalition benefits from a faculty member’s evaluation expertise and faculty members may have aligned research interests. Researchers may also see the possibility of authoring a publication as a benefit of partnership. Students can be a great asset to tap but, if involved, require mentoring and oversight. Potential evaluation experts may be found through your Geriatric Education Centers, the American Public Health Association, Special Interest Groups, or the CDC-sponsored Healthy Aging Research Network. There are many potential partners to guide coalition evaluation efforts, including:

  • Academic institutions. Some academic colleges and departments (e.g., public health, gerontology, medicine, nursing, allied health professions, and education)
  • Epidemiologists in the State Health Department or local hospitals
  • State associations (e.g., state hospital association)
  • Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) members could work with interested state health departments on developing recommendations for fall prevention program impact and process evaluations, and recommendations for strategies to compare evaluations across settings
  • Other research networks such as the Children’s Safety Network 

Why use a Stakeholder Approach to Evaluation?

The Evaluation Guidelines use a stakeholder approach to evaluation. This approach creates an opportunity to investigate among key stakeholders (older adults, children of older adults, primary care providers, and state legislators). The need to capture input from representative samples of stakeholders cannot be overstated. The validity of the survey results depend on successfully accessing representative samples.

 

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