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July 11, 2012

Upcoming UNITY Webinars on
Data & Evaluation

Measuring Success:
Strategies for Effective Program Evaluation

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
10 to 11 a.m. PT / 1 to 2 p.m. ET
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With the increasing focus on evidence-based practice and fiscal accountability, effective program evaluation becomes even more important. Whether you are a manager of a small community program or a director of a city-wide initiative, this webinar will review the relevant steps of program evaluation, including planning tips, development strategies and data requirements. From needs assessments to different types of outcomes, this webinar will provide practical approaches to conducting a program evaluation.

Presenters Include:

  • Billie Weiss – UNITY Co-Chair; Department of Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
  • Paul Hsu – UNITY Team Member; Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
  • Hosted by Annie Lyles – Program Manager, UNITY and Prevention Institute 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the basic steps/framework of an evaluation (needs assessments, defining goals and objectives, etc).
  2. Differentiate between process, impact, and other types of evaluations.
  3. Utilize web-based and other resources in the development of an evaluation.
  4. Provide and discuss examples from other UNITY evaluations.


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What Outcomes Should We Use?
Effective Indicator Selection

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
10 to 11 a.m. PT / 1 to 2 p.m. ET
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At first glance, selecting an appropriate outcome indicator for a program or evaluation seems straightforward. A violence prevention initiative has been implemented, so compare the rates of violence before and after the program started. However, one may need to consider issues of relevancy, comparability and temporality in the process of selecting a suitable indicator. Even data availability itself can sometimes be a factor. This webinar will introduce some of these concepts, along with practical strategies for effective outcome selection.


A Prevention Institute initiative, UNITY is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in part by The Kresge FoundationFor more information,

New CDC Data on Youth Safety 

Explore findings from the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey for the most recent federal data to include in proposals. Nearly one in three high school students has been in a physical fight, for example, and 8 percent of young black men did not go to school in the last month because they felt unsafe. This MMWR report includes data at the national and state levels on various behaviors that contribute to violence, as well as for select large urban school districts. See pages 6 to 12 for a summary of violence-related data, and pages 55 to 74 for detailed tables.

Where is UNITY in July 2012?

--7/12, Los Angeles: Join UNITY at NACCHO Annual 2012 for "Public Health Innovations and Contributions to Preventing Violence." This panel features Howard Spivak, the director of the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

--7/23, Cincinnati: Learn how Cleveland and other cities are preventing violence and bullying at the Children’s Defense Fund Annual Conference. UNITY Co-Chair Billie Weiss will lead this afternoon policy and practice session, and see the conference agenda for full details.

View the Prevention Institute calendar for other training opportunities.

Related UNITY Resources 

Missed the first UNITY webinar in the Data & Evaluation Series? Learn about Los Angeles' Community Safety Scorecard, an innovative place-based evaluation model, by downloading the webinar slides or by listening to the recording. Other tools include A Guidebook to Strategy Evaluation and the UNITY RoadMap



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