CalMHSA Project Program Evaluation Fact Sheet

Overview

As part of the CalMHSA Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Project, NAMI California is required to complete specific evaluations for each of the programs (Ending the Silence, In Our Own Voice, Parents & Teachers as Allies, and Provider Education). While the evaluations are a mandatory part of the program that all CalMHSA Program Partners are required to complete, the evaluations should be looked as a valuable benefit for NAMI California and Affiliates. Evaluations are created to prove what we each already know: That the SDR programs are impactful, educational and reduce stigma. 

Evaluations provide us with tools to tell a powerful story and respond to skeptics, demonstrating how the work NAMI California Affiliates does make a difference in people’s lives.

Pre- and Post- Evaluations

  • The pre/post model allows for baseline data to be collected before a presentation and for the baseline data to be compared to the data collected after people attended a presentation.
  • Evaluators can then demonstrate how people’s perceptions and understanding of mental illness have been impacted by the presentation.
  • Evaluations fulfill the data collection requirements from CalMHSA and NAMI
  • Evaluations demonstrate the strength of the SDR Programs
  • The data collected from the evaluations can be used by Affiliates in grant proposals to seek additional funding
    • Funders, especially the government, want to spend only on programs that can demonstrate outcomes were achieved.  Evaluations can help demonstrate to current and potential funders that we care about doing the highest quality work possible by monitoring results.
    • Evaluations show the impact the SDR programs have on the state as a whole as well as by local affiliate
    • By using the same evaluation across all CalMHSA SDR programs, a comparison can be made for how well NAMI programs reduce stigma against other programs
    • The data collected from the evaluations will be used to apply for national Evidence Based Practice (EBP) registries. Currently, the only NAMI Program listed as EBP is Family-to-Family; this could significantly strengthen the credibility of NAMI programs
    • Evaluations can help us find out what is working well and improve things that aren’t working as well as expected.

What Are the Benefits??

  • Evaluations fulfill the data collection requirements from CalMHSA and NAMI
  • Evaluations demonstrate the strength of the SDR Programs
  • The data collected from the evaluations can be used by Affiliates in grant proposals to seek additional funding
    • Funders, especially the government, want to spend only on programs that can demonstrate outcomes were achieved. Evaluations can help demonstrate to current and potential funders that we care about doing the highest quality work possible by monitoring results.
  • Evaluations show the impact the SDR programs have on the state as a whole as well as by local affiliate
  • By using the same evaluation across all CalMHSA SDR programs, a comparison can be made for how well NAMI programs reduce stigma against other programs
  • The data collected from the evaluations will be used to apply for national Evidence Based Practice (EBP) registries. Currently, the only NAMI Program listed as EBP is Family-to-Family; this could significantly strengthen the credibility of NAMI programs
  • Evaluations can help us find out what is working well and improve things that aren’t working as well as expected.

About the Evaluators

The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) selected RAND Corporation to conduct statewide evaluation for its Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Initiatives. The PEI Initiatives are paid for through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63).

The PEI Statewide Evaluation Project will:

  • Improve data collection and evaluate effectiveness of PEI programs
  • Identify innovative programs that can be successfully replicated
  • Use research to design policies and programs that reduce suicide and suicide risks, reduce stigma and resulting discrimination

 

For More Information Contact:

Beth Larkins
Program Coordinator
beth@namica.org
916-567-0163