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1 Gathering Credible Data Seattle Indian Health Board Urban Indian Health Institute Shayla R. Compton, MPH University of Washington School of Public Health

2 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Objectives of Session Describe how data collection fits into program evaluation Discuss general principles of data collection Discuss considerations for selecting the right data collection methods for you Overview of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods

3 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Evaluation A systematic way of collecting information about the characteristics, activities, products, and outcomes of a program. Evaluation Program Improvement AccountabilityFundraising Decision Making Public Relations Requirements Patton, M.Q. (2008) Utilization-focused evaluation (4 th edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

4 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Evaluation Framework Engage stakeholders Describe the program Focus the evaluation design Gather credible evidence Justify conclusions Ensure use and share lessons learned

5 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Data Collection Principles Respect for clients Clear and honest communication Ensure the evaluation is culturally responsive Address all questions or concerns Share the data with participants and stakeholders

6 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Data Collection Considerations Taylor-Powell, E. Planning a Program Evaluation (1996) What information is needed? Where is the information? How much time is needed/available? What resources are available?

7 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Qualitative vs. Quantitative Qualitative Data: Clean and tidy Bright lights Quantitative Data: Number of staff Proportion of patients that are elders

8 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Qualitative Methods InterviewsFocus Groups Creative Expression & StorytellingParticipant Observation

9 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Quantitative Methods Observation Checklists Document Review Surveys Tests Biomedical Markers

10 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Mixed Method Approach Qualitative Method Quantitative Method Credible Data Gathered Focus Groups Interviews Document Review Surveys

11 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Mixed Method Approach: Triangulation Quantitative Data & Results Qualitative Data & Results Interpretation

12 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Selecting the Best Method Data Collection Method How we collect the information to answer our question Indicators What we examine Evaluation Question What we ask

13 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Practice & Review Process Objective: Recruit 150 youth to participate in GONA. Evaluation Question How effective were outreach efforts in engaging youth in GONA? Indicators Attendance Where participants heard about the event Types of outreach conducted Number of flyers posted, listserv postings

14 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Practice & Review Attendance logs Summary reports Outreach materials Social media activity

15 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Practice & Review Outcome Objective: 30 days after discharge, clients released from residential substance abuse treatment will report implementing stress management skills not involving alcohol or substance abuse. Evaluation Question How are clients managing stress post discharge? Indicators Identified coping skills for managing stress Perceived strengths and weaknesses of programs offered post- treatment

16 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Practice & Review Multiple perspectives Direct feedback

17 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Summary Respect for clients & community Choose the method that best fits your evaluation question, the source of information, and resources (financial, expertise, time, etc.).

18 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Questions Contact Julie Loughran at or to receive individualized consultation on program 26

19 Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board Data Collection Resources American Indian Higher Education Consortium Creative Narrations National Science Foundation Northwest Center for Public Health Practice https://www.nwcphp.org/training University of Wisconsin-Extension

20 Urban Indian Health Institute Seattle Indian Health Board th Avenue South Seattle, WA Phone: (206) Fax: (206) Website:


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