Unlike conventional evaluation approaches that can be top-down or perpetuate inequities, participatory evaluation brings stakeholders and evaluators together to collaboratively develop and implement the evaluation. In alignment with COO’s values of shared power and decision-making, a participatory approach ensures partners, governance group, and staff play an active role throughout the evaluation process.

Baseline Evaluation

In 2018, COO brought together a group of external evaluators led by BDS Planning & Urban Design to work alongside our funded partners to conduct a baseline evaluation. The evaluation explored the ways COO’s cross-cutting strategies have strengthened community connections and increased equity by race, place, and income) in housing, health, and economic conditions.

The links below provide findings from the work with 46 community partners involved in COO.

Evaluation Summary

Evaluation Slide Deck

Interested in more of the evaluation work? The links below provide additional information.

Population Level Results

Partner Level Findings

Evaluation Methodology


Success stories

Interactive data

To measure our progress in advancing health, housing, economic opportunity, and community connections in King County, community partners are working together with our national and local evaluation team to develop evaluation strategy, identify the most salient measures and data collection methods, and gather data and interpret findings.

Explore the interactive data sets that help us track our impact in communities.





FUNDED projects