The project’s Evaluation Plan is directly aligned with its Strategic Plan goals and objectives and identifies the data essential to understanding the levels of success in implementation and impact of the activities designed to achieve those goals and objectives.
The Evaluation Plan will inform and guide future iterations of the Strategic Plan as the project naturally evolves and responds to conditions in the community and the state.
The process utilized to develop the Evaluation Plan for Project LAUNCH NH was both research-based and participatory. Review of professional literature and consultation with SAMHSA technical assistance resources were conducted to determine appropriate and feasible approaches to evaluation of the strategies being implemented and identify evidence-based tools for data collection and analysis. Project LAUNCH staff, Local Operations Leadership Team, and State Management Team were involved in the development of evaluation questions, evaluation design, indicators, and data collection methods. In this way, Project LAUNCH NH achieves the most rigorous assessment of outcomes possible for each specific strategic goal and/or service strategy.
The foundational purpose of this Evaluation Plan is to support and guide the implementation of the Project LAUNCH NH strategies through data collection in multiple areas, informing the activities planned to increase access to and coordination of services. The data will provide ongoing information about implementation effectiveness so that modifications to those activities and/or the system can be made. Data analysis will be conducted by the Local Data Evaluator and made available to the Management Team, staff, Local Operations Leadership Team, and State and Local Young Child Wellness Councils in order to sustain successful practices and support replication of the Project LAUNCH model in additional NH communities.