Community and Program Evaluation


CRD provides a variety of program evaluation and assessment services. Program evaluation is often used, and in some cases mandated, to assess a program’s progress toward distinct targets, goals, and objectives. However, program evaluation services can also offer your organization an opportunity to participate in reflective analysis of programmatic structures, processes, policies, and culture. CRD offers external evaluation services as well as assistance in creating evaluation plans and training for organizations seeking to adopt internal monitoring, evaluation, and continuous improvement approaches. If you are interested in evaluation services, plans or training our staff can walk you through the process of determining what services best suit your needs. Our analysts specialize in a variety of evaluation techniques including, but not limited to:

  • Process Evaluation
  • Implementation Evaluation
  • Objectives-based Evaluation
  • Participatory Evaluation
  • Outcomes/Impacts Assessment
  • Goal-free Analysis


Assessing Implementation and Impacts of the Community Schools Model (TPS Hub Schools)

CRD has partnered with the United Way and Toledo Public Schools (TPS) to conduct a multi-phase program evaluation to assess the implementation and impacts of the Community Schools Model in TPS Hub Schools. Currently five schools in the TPS system operate as Hubs under the Community Schools Model: Reynolds, Riverside, and Robinson elementary schools, and Rodgers and Scott high schools. These Hubs act as gateways and conduits to a myriad of services and programs delivered by community partners. Lead partners participating in these Hubs are Lutheran Social Services, YMCA, University Church, and Tabernacle Church. Through the evaluation process the CRD team is assisting TPS and these partners in assessing the implementation of the model, building a collective understanding of Hubs capacity, and identifying areas for process improvement. Additionally, the CRD evaluation team is working with these partners to collaboratively develop a set of benchmarks, targets, and performance indicators for each Hub as well as a plan for ongoing monitoring and evaluation around these targets.

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Creating Stronger Pathways to Infant Vitality through Participant Research (Stronger Pathways)

CRD has partnered with the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio (HCNO) and ProMedica Health Systems to implement Stronger Pathways, a research study to assess avenues for targeted enhancement to the Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB, a coordinated care system aimed at preventing infant mortality. BGSU researchers will work closely with our partners and program participants to evaluate the Pathways program and HUB operations, and to identify barriers to HUB access or pathways completion. Together we aim to strengthen the Pathways HUB model to ensure greater infant vitality in our community. This project is funded through a $270,000 Ohio Third Frontier (OTF) grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

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Updated: 05/17/2023 11:17AM