Community Program Evaluations


Active Projects

Denver Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond Initiative

Evaluation Dates: 2015 – 2019

The City of Denver, like many other communities around the country, faces limited resources to invest in existing preventive programs for the chronically homeless and individuals who struggle from mental health and substance abuse challenges. Denver has developed a Social Impact Bond initiative to ensure the City is paying for the most effective services, “Paying for Success,” and shifting its spending from short-term band-aids to long-term, sustainable solutions.

The supportive housing initiative targets chronically homeless individuals who also struggle with mental health and substance abuse challenges. Through local and national partner organizations, the initiative will serve at least 250 chronically homeless individuals over the next five years using Social Impact Bond financing in combination with existing housing and Medicaid resources.

The Evaluation Center is conducting the process study for the five-year independent evaluation of the SIB, headed by the Urban Institute. Key process-related information, including the housing and referral pipeline, will inform implementation and midcourse corrections needed to keep the initiative on track to achieve long-term outcomes. The process information will also help interpret the results of the impact evaluation based on documentation of the program model and participant engagement.

For more information about the SIB, a summary and fact sheet can be found here:


The KIDS COUNT Grantee Network

Evaluation Dates: 2016-2018

KIDS COUNT, a project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), is the leading source for credible, nonpartisan data on child and family well-being in the United States. The Annie E. Casey Foundation launched the KIDS COUNT initiative in 1990 to bring national attention to the issues facing children and families regarding economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

The KIDS COUNT Grantee Network (KCGN) is a network of state-based child advocacy, nonprofit, and research organizations with leadership from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In total, there are grantees in each of the 50 states, as well as, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.

Beginning in 2016, AECF partnered with the University of Colorado’s Center on Network Science, working collaboratively with the Evaluation Center, to conduct an organizational network evaluation of the KIDS COUNT Grantee Network to assess: (1) how, when and why grantees access/ leverage resources; (2) how grantees connect throughout the network; and (3) the opportunities and challenges of being part of the KIDS COUNT network.

Social Network Analysis was used to examine the relationships within the KCGN, the utilization of resources in the network, and the impact that a network model has on affecting positive policy changes that will improve child and family well-being.

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.

Colorado DHS Office of Behavioral Health

Community Coalition Study for Strategic Performance Framework – Partnerships for Success

Evaluation Dates: 2014 – 2019

In addition to the cross-site evaluation of the SPF – PFS grant, The Evaluation Center is currently conducting a study of the six community health coalitions that implement the primary prevention strategies. The purpose of the study is to increase understanding of the factors and processes that contribute to the successful development, functioning, and sustainability of these coalitions and ways in which any barriers were overcome. Results of the study will be shared with local communities for use in ongoing improvement of the coalitions’ effectiveness and with the larger field of community substance abuse prevention.

Past Projects

State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership

Evaluation Dates: 2015 – 2018

Baltimore Integration Partnership

Evaluation Dates: 2015 – 2017

Colorado Child Care Market Rate Survey

Evaluation Dates: September 2014 – June 2015
Report: 2015 Colorado Child Care Market Rate Survey