Evaluation Answers the Question “Are We There Yet?”
The 100% New Mexico initiative is a data-driven initiative committed to measurable and meaningful change focused on preventing childhood adversity by ensuring vital services for surviving and thriving. With our children’s safety in the balance, we are an initiative that can’t afford to fail.
Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello
This article provides a brief overview of the evaluation progress. For a far more detailed article, read “Evaluating 100% (the Important Details Version).”
ARE WE GETTING TO RESULTS?
Our 100% New Mexico initiative is, quite simply, committed to ensuring that all our children’s lives can be trauma-free and all our family households can be healthy, safe, and self-sufficient. To create the family, school, and community environments that provide our infants, children, students, and youth with the best chance at surviving and thriving, we are working to ensure that each county provides timely access to ten vital services. The well-being of every family in New Mexico depends on access to these services.
GETTING TO RESULTS AND OUTCOMES
The focus of our process is on achieving measurable results using our Framework for Change which provides an overview of the various components of our local initiatives. We can evaluate if our projects are increasing access to services as well as improving services in all ten sectors as we work to achieve our vision and goal of 100% of families having access to the vital services that improve health, safety, resilience, school achievement, job readiness, and employment.
OUR CHALLENGE AND OPPORTUNITY
100% New Mexico is enhanced by the robust evaluation provided by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago which focuses on improving the well-being of children and youth, families, and their communities.
Chapin Hall combines rigorous research methods and real-world policy expertise to accelerate the use of data and evidence in policy making and program implementation They have longstanding partnerships with government agencies, nonprofits, and philanthropic organizations which are at the heart of their approach.
Please visit our Evaluating Progress page to review our latest initiative evaluation reports.
Note: We are grateful for the input of our colleague Eric Martin, Managing Director at Adaptive Change Advisors and author of Your Leadership Moment, for his contribution to this article. We also are grateful for the insights of the evaluation team at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.