Title

Evaluating Community Tobacco Use Prevention Coalitions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1-2005

Department

Community Health Sciences

Abstract

The present project describes an objective evaluation system for tobacco use prevention coalitions in Mississippi. From in-person interviews with coalition leaders (N=29), telephone interviews with coalition members (N=183), information from monitors, and monthly reports, the evaluator rated each coalition from 5 (exceptional) to 1 (bad) on 24 criteria, then summed the scores to ascertain an actual overall letter grade for each coalition. Each coalition received the grade and specific suggestions for improvement. Coalitions graded D or D- were placed on probation, with 6 months to improve before funding was cut. The present scoring procedure allowed the tobacco prevention coalitions to have specific, detailed feedback about how to improve. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Evaluation and Program Planning

Volume

28

Issue

2

First Page

201

Last Page

208