Written project reports generally include: acknowledgements (staff and clients involved in the project, funders, steering committee members); an introduction (study or process background and, if possible, a description of process challenges and successes); the project framework; the data analysis plan and, in later stages, data analysis results; discussion of implications for practice improvement; and recommendations.
Dissemination of monitoring and evaluation results is a critical component of project completion. A plan for dissemination is usually prepared in collaboration with the Advisory or Steering Committee. A partial dissemination plan may also have been developed as part of a funding application and can be reviewed to inform the process. The goals of dissemination include:
Case Study: Practical Frameworks for Change (Canada)
The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters in Canada collaborated with eight member organizations in a learning initiative to strengthen shelter practices related to safety, health, cultural competence and legal issues. Inspired by the experiences shared by shelter workers across regions during the 2008 1st World Conference of Women’s Shelters, the Practical Frameworks for Change identified and implemented promising shelter practices, which included the training of shelter staff and a collective evaluation of the process.
Implemented from September 2008 through August 2010, the project had a positive impact on shelter staff knowledge and competence related to data collection and its relevance to service quality; improved the quality of service delivery; and helped enhance the safety and well-being of women in Alberta shelters. Using an Outcome Measurement Framework, project results focused on women’s satisfaction with their relationship with staff; their safety and their knowledge of various community resources corresponding with the promising practice areas identified (i.e. safety, legal, health and culture). The initiative generated recommendations for further action, enabled participating shelters to integrate new practices into their operations, and promoted upscaling of practices across Alberta Council members.
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Sources: Jan Reimer. Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters. 2011; Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters. 2011. Practical Frameworks for Change Evaluation Report.ACWS. Alberta.
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