The theory of change is not a departure from, but rather builds upon, our past 11 years of grant experience and learning from our community partners.Developing these TOCs has has enabled us to be more intentional about each grant round and to clarify both our desired outcomes and the strategies we believe will be necessary to achieve them. It also allows us to better measure the work of our grantees and aggregating the outcomes so that we can more fully tell the story of our grantmaking. The theory of change is not a departure from, but rather builds upon, our past 11 years of grant experience and learning from our community partners. The strategies that we have outlined and the outcomes we hope to achieve should sound familiar to many of our partners. We debuted the safety net theory of change in January of this year and just recently shared the healthy communities theory of change. We are will debut the mental health theory of change in February at our pre-proposal conference for that round. We believe there are many benefits of developing and using theories of change:
- Better communicate expectations for funding to potential grantees.
- Better track and measure progress against long-term goals.
- Provide a process for on-going review of performance and outcome data, including exploring implications for future grantmaking.
- Hold Health Forward accountable.
- Paula Cornwell on strategic planning
- Andres Dominguez on Citizens Task Force on Violence
- Jennifer Sykes on the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas
- Brenda Calvin and Adriana Pecina on Healthy Communities Leadership Academy
- Jessica Hembree on Tobacco 21|KC
- Donna Bushur and Shannon Morris on Jackson County Children’s Fund
- Brad Hart on prescription drug monitoring programs
- Graciela Couchonnal on community health workers
- Bridget McCandless on creating a culture of health
A Look Back At 2016