A Model for Evaluating the Activities of a Coalition-Based Policy Action Group

The Case of Hermosa Vida

Lisa J Hardy, Peter Wertheim, Kyle Bohan, Julio Cesar Quezada, Eric Henley

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Abstract

Scholars and clinicians are increasingly recognizing the complexity of social contexts of health and the need for multifunctioning approaches to health care problems including community- and policy-level strategies. Barriers to change in health care policy can sometimes be attributed to the actions of advocacy coalitions who operate from a limited view of "policy change." Advocates have a tendency to pressure stakeholders to mandate laws as a final resolution of a movement, often leading to failure or, worse, stigmatizing of issues. A more inclusive focus on health policy change as an ongoing process increases the efficacy of advocacy and outcomes measurement. This article presents a tool for policy action that coalition members developed through the implementation of a 3-year grant to improve the safety net for preventing childhood obesity. Scholars and policy makers developed the Policy Coalition Evaluation Tool with the intent to create a model to guide and measure efforts and outcomes of a local community-based policy coalition. The authors suggest using community-based participatory research approaches for developing a coalition-specific Policy Coalition Evaluation Tool to increase the effectiveness of advocacy groups and the documentation of coalition activities over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)514-523
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2013

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Keywords

  • community-based participatory research
  • evaluation design
  • evaluation methods
  • health promotion
  • health research
  • partnerships/coalitions
  • program planning and evaluation
  • public health laws/policies
  • social policy

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine(all)

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A Model for Evaluating the Activities of a Coalition-Based Policy Action Group : The Case of Hermosa Vida. / Hardy, Lisa J; Wertheim, Peter; Bohan, Kyle; Quezada, Julio Cesar; Henley, Eric.

In: Health Promotion Practice, Vol. 14, No. 4, 07.2013, p. 514-523.

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Hardy, Lisa J ; Wertheim, Peter ; Bohan, Kyle ; Quezada, Julio Cesar ; Henley, Eric. / A Model for Evaluating the Activities of a Coalition-Based Policy Action Group : The Case of Hermosa Vida. In: Health Promotion Practice. 2013 ; Vol. 14, No. 4. pp. 514-523.
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