Community Program Evaluations

Active Projects

Colorado DHS Office of Behavioral Health

Strategic Performance Framework – Partnerships for Success

Evaluation Dates: 2014 – 2019

The Evaluation Center is currently working with the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health to evaluate the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS) grant. The primary goal of the grant is to reduce the use of marijuana and alcohol among youth ages 12 – 20 and reduce the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs among youth ages 12 – 25.

The federal grant provides funding to support six Colorado counties in their efforts to implement primary prevention strategies. The grant also supports state level initiatives such as the forming of a state epidemiology outcomes workgroup.

The Evaluation Center supports the SPF-PFS program by facilitating the cross-site evaluation for all Colorado sub-grantees, providing evaluation expertise to the state level initiatives, and providing training and technical assistance to sub-grantees around the use of data and evaluation methodologies.


State Tobacco Education and Prevention Program

Evaluation Dates: 2015 – 2018

The Evaluation Center has partnered with the Colorado School of Public Health Community Epidemiology & Program Evaluation Group (CEPEG) to evaluate the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment State Tobacco Education and Prevention Program (STEPP). The Evaluation Center and CEPEG will collaborate with STEPP staff and grantees in designing and implementing evaluation of tobacco control program activities conducted with Amendment 35 grant funding during FY2016-2018. STEPP grantees are employing a variety of evidence-based interventions designed to prevent and reduce tobacco use among Colorado residents.

The Evaluation Center will provide technical assistance and training to STEPP grantees to support the development and implementation of the grantees’ local evaluation plans in addition to conducting two micro evaluations, one focused on hospital/clinic health systems change and the second focused on community level programs, policies and systems changes that prevent youth tobacco use and promote cessation.

For more information on STEPP, please see the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment website:

For more information on our partner, CEPEG, visit their website:

Previous Evaluation Projects


Colorado Child Care Market Rate Survey

Evaluation Dates: September 2014 – June 2015

Report: 2015 Colorado Child Care Market Rate Survey