The effective collection, documentation, and reporting of local data is central to local coalition effectiveness, and it begins with the assessment and evaluation planning process. The use of assessment data is critical in the early stages of stakeholder engagement, particularly when coalitions use data to illustrate a problem that impacts stakeholders. Sharing data about the cancer problem in a way that is relevant and easy to understand is an effective way to engage stakeholders and earn their support. Coalition members, funders, and program supporters are more likely to stay committed and active when they can see the impact of their participation. Funders support programs that are cost-effective, and evaluation data can demonstrate how funding coalitions is a good investment in the community. LHDs that manage coalitions should consider their desired outcomes, available resources, and the coalition's capacity to collect necessary data.
Identify Evaluation Stakeholders
The best way to prepare for capturing data to manage your coalition is to identify evaluation stakeholders. Involving the right stakeholders can boost your evaluation efforts, helping you to collect data that are useful, credible, and relevant. MORE
Determine Measures and Methods
Once you know your desired outcomes, it is important to establish how you will know you achieved them. Determining the changes you expect to see as a result of your activities and how you will objectively identify and measure them is a key part of evaluating your impact. MORE
Communicate Data Effectively
Good evaluation data is of no use, if people cannot understand it. Sharing your data with others means translating it into a language that they can understand and communicating it in a way that engages them in your cause. MORE