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This section will help you develop an evaluation plan around the cultural-specific elements of your work. In order to build the best plan possible, please familiarize yourself with the background content that went into developing this section.
Here is a step by step process for this section.
This publication was made possible by the generous support by grant number 90EV0413/02 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Have you ever felt that the evidence that you have documented is missing something? Does it feel like you are familiar with the various ingredients of your organization’s work however a critical spice is missing? Is that missing component the richness of the work that you do? The cultural-specific aspects? You are not alone.
This part of the toolkit was developed in direct response and collaboration with the toolkit workgroup who, like you, felt that something was missing from their current evaluation work. As with any good chef, they had been trying to figure out that key missing ingredient. In this case, they were actively involved in documenting violence related indicators and outcomes, however, they felt that something was missing from their recipe for cultural specific work. We offer this section for those who might like to enhance their current evaluations with cultural specific content.
If you’re interested in learning more about our toolkit workgroup, please click their logos above to access their organization profiles.
In this section of our toolkit, we invite you to explore and learn about community-centered evidence. This is the foundation for how we think about evidence and documenting evidence. In other words, this section includes the special ingredients for our meals. In our case, our special ingredients are community members and we strongly believe they should guide all that we do, including building evidence. As you will learn by reading our special ingredients, this information has emerged as result of a communal effort, with our colleagues sharing their recipes and tweaks- más o menos paprika, ajo, hoja de laurel- to enrich and expand our knowledge and expertise about documenting evidence from a community centered perspective. We hope this information is helpful to you.
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Share Your Work
We know that the work that you do is great and deserves to be recognized. For that reason, we created this section to invite you to share with others across the country. Please share your experience, the lessons that you have learned, or share any other information related to evaluation work that you think may help others. For example, maybe there is a particular tool that you have found useful or maybe you want to share your own logic model or theory of change that you think others can learn from.
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We thought about this section as a space to build a community in which we can share resources and learn from each other. We know that sometimes it is hard to find a tool or an ingredient that you can use that is appropriate for the kind of work that you do. For example, you might come across a tool that could be useful but it was developed for another field and may not apply in a domestic violence setting. Or that you have a great recipe but need to change some of the ingredients to adapt to a new group of test-tasters and you’re having a hard time figuring out how to do this. We designed this section for those moments. Here you will find tools that were designed for this field. You also have the chance to ask/post your questions and share your own experience with others so they can learn from you.
Building Evidence Toolkit
Welcome to the Building Evidence Toolkit. You may be visiting this site because you are starting to build evidence for the work that you do, are interested in enhancing your current structure for building evidence or just simply interested in learning more. Our goal is that this toolkit will be as useful as possible and can help enhance your evidence-building capacity.
We developed this Toolkit in collaboration with five Latin@ serving community-based organizations (La Paz, Trans Latina Coalition, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, Voces Latinas, Casa de Esperanza). Thus, this Toolkit is grounded in the realities of community-based organizations working from a culturally-specific framework.
Please join Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network as we introduce this Building Evidence Toolkit, a free, bilingual, online tool designed to strengthen the evaluation capacity of Latino-serving community-based organizations (CBOs) working in the field of domestic violence. It was developed in partnership with four CBOs working with unique Latino communities in the United States. In this webinar, we introduce you to the importance of documenting your work in a culturally responsive manner. We also explain the steps involved in a program evaluation and cover the different levels of expertise this toolkit is intended for.
What do we mean by building evidence?
We know from our work with community-based organizations that you and your organization are already experts in pulling in the information you need to do your work on a daily basis. Sometimes what might be missing is the documentation of such efforts.
Using a recipe as a metaphor, your recipe (initiative or program) is a combination of ingredients (what you do, how you do it, and with what resources). You and your organization are constantly making changes to the ingredients based on the feedback that you get from your taste-testers (the community members with who you work). Sometimes you might be in the middle of adjusting your ingredients-hechando mas pimiento o minimizando sal- and this might make you forget to write down the changes that you made to your recipe and the reasons for the changes. This is an important step. Documenting and improving your recipe is what we call evaluation or building evidence.
This toolkit is meant to help you document or improve your recipe by keeping track of your ingredients or changes to your ingredients and the information provided by your taste-testers.
Many thanks to June Lee of Korean Community Center of the East Bay for the idea of evaluation as a recipe.
New to Building Evidence
You might have had the experience of hearing about a project where you needed to document evidence and it gave you a feeling of anxiety or fear. This is a very normal reaction, especially if you are new to the task or have had negative experiences conducting evaluations.
Let’s face it; this process can be a source of stress.
However, we are more than sure that you have much experience documenting los ingredientes to your receta in your own way or you know it so well that you did not need to write them down. We offer this section to those of you who may need a little more support enhancing how you are keeping track of the ingredients of your organization’s work, packaging, and communicating your receta. In other words, this section is for those who are beginning your journey documenting evidence.