Healthy Cities Evaluation Testing Project: Evaluation of Noarlunga Community Action on Drugs (2001)

Conducted by Fran Baum, Gwyn Jolley and Danielle Bament for the World Health Organisation, Western Pacific Region

This report concerns a project designed to test a framework for the evaluation of Healthy Cities and other complex human service and development projects. The aims of the research were to test the usefulness of the Healthy Cities Evaluation Framework and recommend revisions to it. Evaluation of an initiative of Healthy Cities Noarlunga was used to operationalise the testing of the Healthy Cities Evaluation Framework.

This report provides a description of the initiative, a review of literature on Healthy Cities and evaluation, and a report on the early stages of the evaluation completed as part of this report. The field testing of the Healthy Cities Evaluation Framework has enabled lessons to be drawn from the application of the evaluation framework and suggestions for its development to be made. Overall the Healthy Cities Evaluation Framework proved a robust means of evaluating Healthy Cities and other complex human service and development projects. We found that the framework provides the means to combine qualitative and quantitative methods and contribute to establishing causal relationships between Healthy Cities interventions and eventual health and environment outcomes. It also encourages participation from key stakeholders in the project.

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