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.
Evaluation Slide Deck
Interested in more of the evaluation work? The links below provide additional information.
Population Level Results
Partner Level Findings
COO featured in Best Starts for Kids 2018 Annual Report