Program Evaluation

Sierra Health Foundation is committed to learning about effective practices and using what is learned to inform decisions and accelerate change.

Program evaluation is one of the ways that we demonstrate this commitment. For more information about our evaluation program, please e-mail Evaluation Director Leslie Cooksy, Ph.D.

Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths and the Black Child Legacy Campaign

Evaluation has been core to the Steering Committee’s work since its inception in 2014. The Steering Committee’s Evaluation Workgroup has provided guidance and oversight to Black Child Legacy Campaign evaluation activities. The workgroup identified the dimensions used in the biannual quality assessment of Community Incubator Leads and reviews the work of the Data Hub and the Black Child Legacy Campaign strategy evaluation. The Data Hub is staffed by LPC Consulting Associates, which provides technical assistance to the Community Incubator Leads and compiles data to track progress toward Black Child Legacy Campaign goals. A research team from UC Davis is carrying out an evaluation of the strategies identified in the Steering Committee’s strategic and implementation plans.

Positive Youth Justice Initiative

Organizing for a Healthy Justice System, the current phase of the Positive Youth Justice Initiative, funds coalitions in 11 counties to advocate for the transformation of juvenile justice locally and across California. In 2018, The Center selected the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) to carry out the external evaluation of Organizing for a Healthy Justice System. NCCD is drawing on a range of data sources, including focus groups with youth advocates and staff at the coalitions, surveys and analysis of data provided by the coalition partners in their progress reports, among other approaches, to examine the advocacy environment in the coalitions’ counties, and the extent and change of community advocacy over the grant period, and to identify lessons learned about organizing for a healthy justice system. Access NCCD’s most recent report and past evaluation reports on The Center web site.

Recent Evaluations

Asthma Mitigation Project

The Asthma Mitigation Project is a statewide project funded by the California Department of Health Care Services and managed by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation. The project supports local health departments, medical providers and community-based organizations to offer culturally and linguistically appropriate asthma home visiting services to individuals with poorly controlled asthma, with a focus on low-income communities and communities of color that have disproportionate rates of asthma.

Based on the Year 1 Evaluation Report from external evaluation consultants at Harder+Company Community Research, the Asthma Mitigation Project is having success in creating a statewide network of asthma service providers to reach families who are members of Medi-Cal or do not have health insurance. In 2020, with funding from the California Department of Health Care Services, The Center at Sierra Health Foundation funded 22 organizations statewide to deliver culturally and linguistically responsive asthma home visiting services to children and adults with asthma. Since then, project partners have provided services to 757 children and adults, 48 percent identifying as Latinx and 27 percent as Black or African American. More than 200 recipients have completed the program and more than 90 percent report increased knowledge about asthma and confidence in their ability to manage their asthma. The report found that The Center has facilitated partnerships and developed skills that have helped project partners reach and serve these clients.

San Joaquin Valley Health Fund

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation supported a study of the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund community-first model for funder collaboratives. Harder+Company Community Research interviewed San Joaquin Valley Health Fund funder partners and other stakeholders and surveyed funded community partners to yield a rich description of the fund. In addition to a detailed report, the results were presented in the Guide to Community-First Collaboratives.

In 2017-2019, three San Joaquin Valley Health Fund clusters (groups of nonprofit organizations working toward a common policy goal) participated in participatory evaluation projects with technical assistance provided by Learning For Action. Photographs and stories from PhotoVoice projects used by two of the clusters are posted on The Center web site.