Friday, March 28, 2008

Visual Alert System

Visual Alert System. We have developed a system that enables us to monitor our progress quickly. We are using a simple visual tool - bar charts. The MISRGO Mid-Year and Annual Evaluation Reports can be difficult to navigate. There are 18 reports covering varying topics ranging from coalition building to promoting the use of the Quitline. It is a time consuming and laborious task to compare grantee efforts throughout the State by reading the text in each report alone. We have applied this tool to the current Mid-Year Evaluation Reports (see Visual Alert System listed on the right hand column of this blog). The bar charts enable us to quickly scan all of the reports and determine how many of us are building coalitions, using the Evaluation Monitoring System, working with churches to promote tobacco prevention activities, and so on. Grantees can look at the bar charts and decide to shift their efforts to strengthen the groups' efforts as a collective. Policymakers and legislators can also see where we are putting our emphasis to meet our goals. We will provide training on the use of this tool during our upcoming training session (April 24, 2008). This tool among others will be highlighted during our Arkansas Summer Evaluation Institute Workshop, which will be held at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff on July 9-10, 2008.