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SIGN UP: So what? Who cares? New learning opportunity to help you evaluate your mobile clinic’s programs

So what? Who cares? These are the two most important questions you can ask yourself before evaluating your mobile clinic's programs. Join us along with the Mobile Healthcare Association on Thursday, February 16, 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern for the Evaluation + Impact special interest group. Register now. So what? Why bother evaluating your mobile clinic's programs? Asking "so what?" leads you think about what you hope to do with the evaluation results. Ask yourself and your colleagues why you want to evaluate your program. What is your desired outcome? Often, an evaluation begin because a funder requires it. Even when this is the case, you can usually find a way to shape the evaluation so that it not only meets the funder's needs, but also helps your organization. Possible uses for evaluation include program improvement, advocacy, communicating your impact to potential donors, and informing decisions about the program's future. Who cares? And what do they care about? Reflecting on the question of "who cares?" will help you define the people who will use the results, as well as their interests and motivations. There are many reasons to engage stakeholders and plan upfront for dissemination, including: Stakeholder engagement can increase the quality, scope, and depth of the question Asking these questions of yourself and others promotes transparency and fosters relationships that build trust.  Planning upfront for how you will use the results leads to the useful, relevant, and credible evaluation findings. Join us along with the Mobile Healthcare Association on Thursday, February 16, 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern for the Evaluation + Impact special interest group. Mollie Williams will facilitate an interactive session while you learn and share your experiences. You will learn new skills and approaches for evaluating your mobile clinic's programs. All are welcome! Register to receive a link to the Zoom meeting.
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APPLY: Submit your application for the 2023 Mobile Health Innovation Collaborative by February 10, 2023

Harvard Medical School’s Mobile Health Map and the Mobile Healthcare Association are pleased to open applications for the 2023 Mobile Health Innovation Collaborative. The Mobile Health Innovation Collaborative (MHIC) is a nine-month program in which people from up to 10 organizations who operate mobile clinics will learn new skills and receive technical assistance to measure and communicate their impact. If selected, each program will receive a $25,000 stipend to support the identified evaluation projects, allowing them to put their new skills into practice and advance their programs’ goals. Monthly workshops, facilitated by Harvard Medical School’s Mobile Health Map team, will provide opportunities to learn from peers and hear from experts in evaluation and community impact. Thank you to the Leon Lowenstein Family Foundation and other donors who made this project possible. To learn more, read the Request for Applications Key Dates December 19, 2022, Application opens 10:00 am ET January 6, 2023 Application workshop Slides and Recording January 19, 2023 Office hours 1:00-2:00 ET Register January 24, 2023 Office hours 2:00-3:00 ET Register February 10, 2023 Application deadline 11:59 pm ET
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LEARN: Become the in-house expert for your mobile clinic’s planning and evaluation efforts

Did you know that our Executive Director, Mollie Williams, recently co-authored the 5th edition of the highly respected textbook Health Program Planning and Evaluation? If you want to evaluate the impact of mobile clinics or other community health program, check it out. The most popular graduate-level textbook on public health program evaluation, it will equip you with the skills needed to develop, implement, and evaluate community health programs. Health Program Planning and Evaluation will also help you to become a savvy consumer of evaluation reports and an informed partner to evaluation consultants. Check out this valuable resource if your mobile clinic wants to evaluate their impact. It can help you... Conduct a community health assessment Develop a theory of change Write clear and concise objectives Monitor progress towards your goals Assess program quality Design your evaluation approach Select the right evaluation methods Analyze and interpret data Share your results A valuable reference for mobile health program leaders Whether you are formally trained in public health, are self-taught, or are just starting your career, this book will serve as a useful reference. We are frequently asked if mobile health clinics make healthcare more accessible. We think yes, but don't take our word for it. By thoughtfully planning and evaluating your mobile clinic's efforts, you will be able to answer this question for your own clinic and explore the unique ways your mobile health program improves access. More easy-to-use resources for mobile program evaluation Health Program Planning and Evaluation includes recommendations for other helpful resources. Here are just a few: Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Evaluation Framework Community Tool Box American Evaluation Association The book is available at most libraries or you can buy the book directly from the publisher, Amazon, or your local independent bookseller. We hope you find the book helpful as you evaluate the impact of your mobile clinic.