Community Program Evaluations
Colorado Child Care Market Rate Survey
Evaluation Dates: September 2014 – June 2015
The Evaluation Center is working with the Office of Early Childhood, Division of Early Care and Learning in the Colorado Department of Human Services to conduct the 2015 Colorado Child Care Market Rate Survey. Every two years, Colorado must submit a Child Care and Development Fund Plan that describes all child care services that are available to eligible families. In the CCDF Plan, the state summarizes how it determines that its child care payment rates allow subsidy families equal access to child care services. The market rate survey will inform the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) reimbursement rates to child care providers. Therefore, it is imperative that the survey results are valid and reflect accurate market prices for child care, which demands a thoughtful process and methodology given the complexities of the child care system.
The research team will provide child care market prices for every county in Colorado, based on a scientifically representative sample of providers. Additionally, the survey study will help to improve CCCAP by informing Colorado about the challenges providers face in participating in the CCCAP Program.
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: www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/A35-tobacco
For more information on our partner, CEPEG, visit their website: www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/community/CEPEG/Pages/CEPEG.aspx