Effectively Evaluating a Community Health Improvement Plan

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 10:09 -- Dan Eder

We are in the process with our Community Health Improvemnet Plan for formalizing objectives and strategies for our priority areas.  We have created three action teams but also have created a forth evaluation team for this process, which is made up of people that work with public health data and quality improvement.  I was wondering if anyone had any great success stories or methods they used to make their evaluation process effective.  Aside from doing things like conducting a root cause analysis for each priority, searching evidence based practice, utilizing available data from our assessments in our planning phases, and forming SMART objectives and strategies for each team, we are also looking at finding unique ways to evaluate the makeup of the public health system in each group (do we have the right people at the table and how do we get them throughout the process), meeting effectiveness throughout planning and implementation, and other unique ways to evaluate the effectiveness of the process and not just the SMART objectives themselves.  This has been a learning and growing process for us so any feedback would be much appreciate.  Thanks!

Dan Eder

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Submitted by Gina Febbraro on

We have used the tools provided by this group out of Canada called Coalitions Work, specifically the Coalition Effectiveness Index. There are many other awesome tools on this web site as well.  (And don't let the word coalition limit your exploring of these tools. They can be applied to any group working together toward a common goal).



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Submitted by Grace Gorenflo on

Hi Dan,

Five counties in Oklahoma have done QI projects around increasing community engagement and/or collaboration: 

Comanche: https://www.phqix.org/content/improving-community-engagement

Ofuskee: https://www.phqix.org/content/community-mobilization-better-health-rural...

Cleveland: https://www.phqix.org/content/cleveland-county-quality-improvement-colla...

Washington: https://www.phqix.org/content/engage-your-community-quality-improvement-...

Logan: https://www.phqix.org/content/community-engagement-and-health-improvemen....

Also Sedgwick County in KS: https://www.phqix.org/content/improving-quality-community-collaboration-....

Although this isn't exactly what you are requesting, there may be some good fodder in there for your evaluation efforts.

Good luck!




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Submitted by sarahsmall on

I've been doing a lot of thinking about this, but I'm not sure if I have a single solution for you. Do you have performance measures for your CHIP?  (Not the goals/objectives in the CHIP, but the CHIP process itself?) 

Social network analysis might be something to consider, if you want to evaluate the partnerships, although I'm not an expert in it. Partnertool.net might be one possiblity.

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Sarah Small
MN Department of Health

Submitted by tkane on


I really like some of the ideas you mentioned to evaluate implementation of your CHIP. I hope that you'll consider using this PHQIX Community Forum conversation to keep us apprised of happenings related to this project. 

You mentioned a desire to monitor "do we have the right people at the table and how do we get them throughout the process". Have you considered using a matrix diagram to document information related to: (1) which system group partners are at the table and (2) at what point in the initiative are they at the table?

I've attached an example.


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