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.
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.
The Baseline Evaluation Snapshot provides a look at the state of racial and economic equity and key findings from the baseline data.
The narrative Evaluation Summary provides information from the external evaluators.
The Evaluation Slide Deck was also prepared by the external evaluators.
Interested in more of the evaluation work? The links below provide additional information.
COO featured in Best Starts for Kids 2018 Annual Report
King County’s Best Starts for Kids builds on the strengths of families and communities so that babies are born healthy, children thrive and establish a strong foundation for life, and young people grow into happy, healthy adults.
Communities of Opportunity is central to that effort by supporting communities as they build safe, thriving places for all our residents. In partnership with Best Starts for Kids, COO shared key accomplishments from 2018 in the Annual Report as well as highlighted the story of one of the COO cultural community partnerships—the SUNN collaborative.
“SUNN envisions an urban Native community that is united in spirit and practice, trusting and compassionate in our relationships, and fully embracing the ancient wisdom and healing that will sustain us for generations.”
The Communities of Opportunity section begins on page 26 of the Best Starts for Kids Annual Report.
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.