Assessing Capacity for
Community Change Efforts
Learnings from an Adaptive Initiative
Kat Athanasiades
Veena Pankaj
Deanna...
Agenda

1

Background

2

Tool Development

3

Tool Considerations
Agenda

1

Background

2

Tool Development

3

Tool Considerations
Healthy Communities Initiative

Twelve communities funded to work on
the planning and implementation of
policies improving...
Agenda

1

Background

2

Tool Development

3

Tool Considerations
Timeline
Tool
development
begins

Tool
development
ends
Implemented

Real-time
dashboards
Full
report
June
2011

Aug
2012
...
Basic
Functioning
and
Structure

Ability to
Cultivate and
Develop
Champions

Demographics
1

2

8

Sustainability
7

Coali...
Ability to
Basic
Functioning
Cultivate
and Develop
and
Champions
Structure

Cultivating awareness,
supporters, and
champio...
The coalition increases the
awareness of diverse groups
within target audiences

Ability to
Basic
Functioning
Cultivate
an...
The coalition increases the
awareness of diverse groups
within target audiences

Ability to
Basic
Functioning
Cultivate
an...
The coalition increases the
awareness of diverse groups
within target audiences

Ability to
Basic
Functioning
Cultivate
an...
Basic
Functioning
Reputation
and Visibility
and
Structure

Coalition efforts to be
visible with stakeholders
and target au...
Coalition members are seen
as knowledgeable about their
issues by target audiences

Basic
Functioning
Reputation
and Visib...
Coalition members are seen
as knowledgeable about their
issues by target audiences

Basic
Functioning
Reputation
and Visib...
Coalition members are seen
as knowledgeable about their
issues by target audiences

Basic
Functioning
Reputation
and Visib...
Demographics
Agenda

1

Background

2

Tool Development

3

Tool Considerations
What other
perspectives should be
considered when
developing this tool?
Vetting
Process
What kind of
information can the
coalition assessment
tool provide?
Overall Scores by Coalition
100%

80%

81%

80%

79%

77%
70%

60%

69%

68%

66%

64%
55%

40%

40%
29%

20%

0%
12

3

8...
Section Scores by Coalition
Basic
Functioning

100%
80%

88%

91%

84%

93%

84%
72%

60%

75%

66%

74%
62%
50%

40%

46%...
How can I make sure
the results accurately
reflect the coalitions?
Triangulation
Coalition
Members
84%

Basic Functioning and Structure

77%

Allies and Partnerships

75%

Champions

72%

R...
Triangulation
TA
Providers

Coalition
Members

53%

84%

Basic Functioning and Structure
Allies and Partnerships

55%

Cha...
How can I use
information from a
coalition assessment
tool?
Data Use

Memos
Thank You!
Innovation
Network
Kat Athanasiades

Deanna Van Hersh

Associate
kathanasiades@innonet.org

Director of Evaluat...
Assessing Capacity for Community Change Efforts: Learnings From an Adaptive Initiative
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Should community change efforts be focused on funding coalitions or funding a flexible group of community leaders? The Kansas Health Foundation has embraced a four-pronged community change model that targets community leaders as key agents of change within each of their funded communities. Innovation Network, the evaluation partner for the Kansas Health Foundation's Healthy Communities Initiative, developed and deployed an assessment tool designed to contribute to the assessment of leadership capacity in effecting community change.

In this presentation at the American Evaluation Association's annual conference in Washington, D.C., Kat Athanasaides and Veena Pankaj (Innovation Network) and Deanna Van Hersh (The Kansas Health Foundation) shared lessons learned about developing and deploying a capacity assessment tool. They also discussed what these tools can -- and cannot -- tell you about a coalition's capacity in conducting community change work.

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Assessing Capacity for Community Change Efforts: Learnings From an Adaptive Initiative

  1. 1. Assessing Capacity for Community Change Efforts Learnings from an Adaptive Initiative Kat Athanasiades Veena Pankaj Deanna Van Hersh Innovation Network www.innonet.org Kansas Health Foundation www.khf.org
  2. 2. Agenda 1 Background 2 Tool Development 3 Tool Considerations
  3. 3. Agenda 1 Background 2 Tool Development 3 Tool Considerations
  4. 4. Healthy Communities Initiative Twelve communities funded to work on the planning and implementation of policies improving healthy eating and active living
  5. 5. Agenda 1 Background 2 Tool Development 3 Tool Considerations
  6. 6. Timeline Tool development begins Tool development ends Implemented Real-time dashboards Full report June 2011 Aug 2012 Sep 2012 Oct 2012 Jan 2013
  7. 7. Basic Functioning and Structure Ability to Cultivate and Develop Champions Demographics 1 2 8 Sustainability 7 Coalitions Coalitions 3 Coalition Leadership 4 6 Ability to Learn from the Community 5 Reputation and Visibility Ability to Develop Allies and Partnerships
  8. 8. Ability to Basic Functioning Cultivate and Develop and Champions Structure Cultivating awareness, supporters, and champions Growing awareness and will for action
  9. 9. The coalition increases the awareness of diverse groups within target audiences Ability to Basic Functioning Cultivate and Develop and Champions Structure
  10. 10. The coalition increases the awareness of diverse groups within target audiences Ability to Basic Functioning Cultivate and Develop and Champions Structure The coalition cultivates supporters among diverse groups within target audiences
  11. 11. The coalition increases the awareness of diverse groups within target audiences Ability to Basic Functioning Cultivate and Develop and Champions Structure The coalition cultivates supporters among diverse groups within target audiences The coalition identifies potential champions across diverse groups
  12. 12. Basic Functioning Reputation and Visibility and Structure Coalition efforts to be visible with stakeholders and target audiences
  13. 13. Coalition members are seen as knowledgeable about their issues by target audiences Basic Functioning Reputation and Visibility and Structure
  14. 14. Coalition members are seen as knowledgeable about their issues by target audiences Basic Functioning Reputation and Visibility and Structure The coalition develops messaging appropriate to diverse groups within target audiences
  15. 15. Coalition members are seen as knowledgeable about their issues by target audiences Basic Functioning Reputation and Visibility and Structure The coalition develops messaging appropriate to diverse groups within target audiences The coalition influences conversations among target audiences about its issues
  16. 16. Demographics
  17. 17. Agenda 1 Background 2 Tool Development 3 Tool Considerations
  18. 18. What other perspectives should be considered when developing this tool?
  19. 19. Vetting Process
  20. 20. What kind of information can the coalition assessment tool provide?
  21. 21. Overall Scores by Coalition 100% 80% 81% 80% 79% 77% 70% 60% 69% 68% 66% 64% 55% 40% 40% 29% 20% 0% 12 3 8 10 1 6 2 11 5 4 9 7
  22. 22. Section Scores by Coalition Basic Functioning 100% 80% 88% 91% 84% 93% 84% 72% 60% 75% 66% 74% 62% 50% 40% 46% 20% 0% 12 3 8 10 82% 79% 79% 1 6 75% 72% 2 11 5 68% 67% 4 9 7 Champions 100% 80% 60% 73% 77% 61% 50% 40% 20% 28% 0% 12 3 8 10 1 6 2 11 5 4 9 7
  23. 23. How can I make sure the results accurately reflect the coalitions?
  24. 24. Triangulation Coalition Members 84% Basic Functioning and Structure 77% Allies and Partnerships 75% Champions 72% Reputation and Visibility Learn from Community 70% Coalition Leadership 69% 52% Sustainability 70% Overall 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
  25. 25. Triangulation TA Providers Coalition Members 53% 84% Basic Functioning and Structure Allies and Partnerships 55% Champions 54% 51% Reputation and Visibility 35% Sustainability 69% 52% 47% Overall 0% 70% 47% Coalition Leadership 20% 40% 75% 72% 38% Learn from Community 77% 70% 60% 80% 100%
  26. 26. How can I use information from a coalition assessment tool?
  27. 27. Data Use Memos
  28. 28. Thank You! Innovation Network Kat Athanasiades Deanna Van Hersh Associate kathanasiades@innonet.org Director of Evaluation and Program Administration dvhersh@khf.org Veena Pankaj Director vpankaj@innonet.org

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