Evaluating an Evidence-Based Program

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The Challenge

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) and Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) program are two evidence-based interventions for preventing and managing diabetes that are implemented in many locations in the United States. To support the programs’ ability to do performance monitoring and evaluation reporting, CDC requested an evaluation capability assessment to be followed by the development and provision of training and technical assistance in those areas needing improvement.

The Solution

Karna analyzed CDC DDT grantee information for all awardees under the State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors, Promote School Health (SPHA1305) and 1422 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA)s. The assessment included each state’s evaluation plan, awardee work plans, logic models and annual performance reports as well as in-person feedback gathering sessions. The result was a capacity-assessment rubric that was applied to all 51 grantees’ reports to identify their evaluation capacity.

The Result

Karna delivered a number of performance monitoring, evaluation”, and capacity-building tool resources that will be usable for current and future activities, including:

  • Detailed logic models for both DPP and DSMES (in collaboration with CDC)
  • Access to sustainable diabetes-related data sources, including data sharing agreements with the national diabetes advocacy organizations
  • Ten evaluation capacity building webinars to improve awardees’ performance monitoring, evaluation reporting, program implementation, and planning activities