Columbia County Community Connections

CES and CCCC have worked together since 2004. Originally we provided technical assistance on a regional mental health grant. CCCC was new to evaluation and we helped develop their first logic model and evaluation plan. We have worked closely ever since. CES has worked with the staff at CCCC each year, adjusting the logic model and plan as they have grown and to meet the requirements of different funders. Our current work involves the evaluation of the 21st Century Community Learning Center programs and CCCC’s own Dream Academy, and afterschool program for elementary students. We are helping the collaborative understand their community youth substance abuse problems and are exploring the possibility of applying for substance abuse prevention funding. We have developed easy Excel data entry tools and analyze all pre and post program data. Last year, we were able to demonstrate a dosage effect; the students with better program attendance, consequently, had better academic and behavioral outcomes.

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