Grantee Name

Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.

Funding Area


Publication Date

December 2013

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

November 1, 2008 – September 1, 2012


Many grantees, especially smaller, non-academic organizations, often lack evaluation experience but are required to submit evaluation plans to foundations that include outcome measures and monitoring activities.

Based on the final reports from its early grantees, the New York Health Foundation (NYHealth) concluded that grantees would benefit from formal technical assistance in the area of evaluation. Specifically, staff members felt that grantees would benefit from learning how to create a program logic model; develop a related set of process and outcome measures; and collect and analyze the necessary data. NYHealth awarded a grant to the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) to implement this technical assistance to Foundation grantees.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

Phase 1:

  • Worked with six grantees selected by NYHealth to receive intense individual technical assistance;
  • Conducted one full-day workshop in New York City in January 2009 for downstate grantees and one full-day workshop in Albany in June 2009 for upstate grantees;
  • Provided limited technical assistance to nine downstate organizations and six upstate organizations after the workshops; and
  • Interviewed eight recipients of technical assistance and reviewed workshop evaluations to assess its value and elicit suggestions for improvement.

Phase 2:

  • Conducted three daylong evaluation technical assistance workshops for grantees that received a grant from NYHealth in June 2009 or later;
  • Provided customized technical assistance to 17 grantees that attended the workshops and requested one-on-one assistance; and
  • Developed an online evaluation resource for NYHealth grant applicants that included guidelines for developing acceptable and feasible evaluation plans for proposed projects.

The full grant outcome report below details the activity from all four phases of this grant, including two phases conducted by New York University School of Medicine.

Related Grants:

Phase 3: $166,979
Phase 4: $151,670
Phase 5: $148,297
Phase 6: $149,553
Phase 7: $151,579