The idea emerged from our tobacco prevention work. The need for more evaluators and more systematic evaluation training throughout the State became increasingly evident. Not only were more evaluators needed for tobacco prevention work but for many other programs as well. Thus our proposal to establish a center to train new evaluators and provide professional development training for working practitioners.
The bill describes the mission or purpose of the center. Highlights include:
- enhancing the quality of existing services and programs
- ensuring accountability for funds and services used
- “raising the bar” concerning standards and expectations
- increasing the use of data to inform program operation and decision making.
An empowerment evaluation approach and philosophy has been adopted by the Center to shape practice in communities throughout the State. Empowerment evaluation and other collaborative forms of evaluation are particularly useful in complex collaborative endeavors requiring the participation of diverse groups. It is designed to help groups accomplish their objectives using evaluation concepts and tools.
Special thanks are due to all of the MISRGO staff, grantees, and evaluators for helping to identify this need and transform this need into an action step designed to meet the need.