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Evaluating Progress

We are a data-driven initiative committed to measurable and meaningful change focused on preventing childhood adversity by ensuring vital services for surviving and thriving.


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This page provides all residents with an overview of the evaluation process being used within the 100% New Mexico initiative.



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 in order to create households that are healthy, safe, and self-sufficient. With our children’s safety in the balance, we are an initiative that can’t afford to fail.

Our initiative is guided by the social-ecological model. It is a framework that can guide local initiatives if they have a solid economic foundation from which to work. Each component of the model can be evaluated to assess positive change within a county and across a state.


The socio-ecological model (SEM) was first introduced as a conceptual model for understanding human development and was developed and formalized as a theory by psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner in the 1970s and 1980s. The use of the term “social-ecological system” (SES) in scientific literature has grown. This model illustrates how behaviors form based on characteristics of individuals, communities, cities, states, nations, and levels in between.

In examining how these “levels” interact, community health advocates can develop strategies to promote well-being and ensure vital services with a comprehensive plan that acknowledges the role of the individual, family relationships, community relationships, and political agents within larger political systems.


Image 1. The Social-Ecological Model. This model illustrates how change can be supported on many levels.


100% New Mexico is guided by robust evaluation provided by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago focuses on a mission of 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. Longstanding partnerships with government agencies, nonprofits, and philanthropy are at the heart of our approach.

Evaluation Reports of NMSU’s 100% New Mexico Initiative

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For more information about our evaluation process and our evaluation work with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, please contact us.

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