As a backbone agency, we evaluate our success both in how well we engage our community and foster collaboration and by the measurable impact our community is making on target health outcomes.
Is our community engaged in the work?
- Engagement. How many stakeholders are at the table for each initiative?
- Equity. Are the stakeholders representative of our diverse community? Do we have members from government, nonprofit, education, faith and business sectors? Are English and Spanish speakers, youth and families at the table?
- Indicators of agency collaboration. Are coalitions working on a common agenda with clear priorities and goals? Are partner agencies sharing resources and ensuring that efforts are strategically aligned?
- Community empowerment and capacity building. How many community members did we help to receive specialized training or resources that will impact health outcomes?
Are we moving the needle on our target health outcomes?
Solving complex health issues takes time, so we track short-term indicators for each health initiative in order to measure the long-term effect on health and well-being in the community. Working closely with our stakeholders, we use research data to identify health trends, evaluate how well our strategies are achieving desired outcomes and assess our plan of action as necessary.
Examples of Our Impact
Case Study — Get Outdoors Leadville!
In 2016, Lake County Build a Generation facilitated the creation of Get Outdoors Leadville! (GOL!), a $3M grant program that aiims to help youth connect with, appreciate and take care of the great outdoors. Over a one-year planning phase, Lake County Build a Generation:
- Hired and trained youth and community researchers to assess the communities needs and identify barriers to connecting with nature;
- Convened a coalition of more than 70 community members with representatives from approximately 30 agencies, which used the research to identify and prioritize goals and solutions for improving access to outdoor recreation; and
- Facilitated the creation of the final grant proposal.
Lake County’s award was the highest amount granted to any of the six pilot communities that are part of the grant initiative. With the $3 million in funding, GOL! will provide outdoor programming opportunities for more than 1,500 youth and create more than 90 youth and community jobs in Leadville over the next three years.
Case Study — foodhealth
Foodhealth, Lake County’s fruit and vegetable prescription program, is working to equip community members with the skills and knowledge needed to make healthy food choices. The program originated out of the Food Access Coalition, facilitated by Lake County Build a Generation.