BENCHMARKS AND TARGETS
Throughout the four years covered by the Plan and in particular in preparation for the annual action planning meetings, Data and Surveillance Committee members will monitor baseline data and track trends over time to identify priority areas that will inform the work of the Partnership. Due to the emphasis on policy, systems and environmental changes, the Partnership will become more process-oriented moving forward. Rather than setting its own unique targets, the Partnership will look to both statewide and nationally-set goals as references for baseline and target data. Connecticut’s Chronic Disease Plan offers state-specific indicators, baselines and five-year targets. Healthy People 2020 Cancer objectives provide nationwide baseline and target data, as well as evidence-based practices and other resources.
The Evaluation Committee, supported by the Data and Surveillance Committee, will work to provide requested resources and relevant data as requested to continuum committees and members.
MONITORING THE PLAN
In the previous cancer plan, the Connecticut Cancer Partnership committed to implementing evaluation efforts for all supported activities. As part of that commitment, the Data, Surveillance and Evaluation Committee split into two separate committees. In addition to the establishment of the Evaluation Committee, consultants were engaged to evaluate funded Partnership implementation projects.
The work of the Evaluation Committee directly responds to federal requirements for comprehensive cancer control (CCC) programs to demonstrate outcomes through evaluation.
National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
- Ensure that all CCC interventions reflect most current data
- Ensure that all CCC interventions are evidence based or contribute to the evidence base
- Develop and enhance capacity to evaluate outcome and impact
- Evaluate impact of CCC partnerships and program interventions
The Evaluation Committee has supported the development of this Plan by reviewing goals, objectives and strategies as developed by each committee. With an emphasis on policy, systems and environmental changes, the Evaluation Committee worked not only to streamline goals and objectives for consistency across the Plan, but also to ensure that objectives were oriented toward sustainable and achievable change. This shift led away from the usual SMART objectives (specific, measureable, attainable, relevant and time-bound) that include a numerical target. For example, a SMART objective might focus on reducing mortality or incidence rates within a certain time frame. While the Partnership does ultimately work toward these types of improvements through its PSE efforts, as a convening body the Partnership cannot directly impact these numbers within the lifetime of this Plan.
This emphasis on PSE changes requires that evaluation of the Plan, the Partnership and its work be more process-oriented moving forward. The Evaluation Committee will work in collaboration with the Data and Surveillance Committee in supporting continuum committees as they collect relevant process data, including:
- member participation and satisfaction
- meeting minutes
- data requests
- other Partnership functions
Involvement with the Partnership leads to:
“Building partnerships, networking, providing services and resources for Hartford residents, professional development.
Obtaining data and resources from other key partners/providers plays a significant role in addressing health disparities and health inequities in the community. The data and information gathered allows the department to address and receive funds or programs and services to meet the needs of those underserved in Hartford.”
Public Health Nurse Supervisor
City of Hartford Health & Human Services
Four-year Partnership Member
Roles and responsibilities of the Evaluation Committee include:
- Build capacity for evaluation among committees, contractors and grantees through needs assessment, support, education and technical assistance
- Evaluate impact of partnerships, plans, programs and interventions
- Develop baseline evaluation standards for implemented programs
- Share key findings and disseminate evaluation briefs to membership at large
- Monitor ongoing projects and make recommendations to the Board as appropriate