ARCHIVED - 6. Focus for the Community Evaluation Process

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This study only covered four sectors of community vitality and, consequently, offers a fragmented view of this vitality. For an evaluation to be relevant, all important sectors for the community should be covered, such as the economy, education and culture. The decision to expand and develop the evaluation framework is now up to the Halifax Francophone community.

Finally, we present an approach community players could follow to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of community vitality.

Step 1: Identify the organization to direct the project and set up a task force of representatives from different community sectors. External partners could eventually join the task force.

Step 2: Clarify the purpose of the study and reach a consensus on the objectives, including the use to be made of the results.

Step 3: Bring together the human and financial resources necessary for the project.

Step 4: Choose the vitality sectors to be studied.

Step 5: Establish a schedule to conduct the evaluation and cyclic updates.

Step 6: Conduct a literature review on the outcomes and indicators usually used in similar studies.

Step 7: Complete a logic model for each sector, including validation of the four logic models proposed in this study.

Step 8: Develop indicators that will measure to what degree the expected outcomes described in the logic models are reached.

Step 9: Validate the logic models and indicators selected through community consultation, to encourage the community to take ownership of the project.

Step 10: Technically validate the indicators to ensure their quality: intelligibility, feasibility, relevance, comparability, validity and reliability.

Step 11: Collect data, either by setting up administrative data collection systems, conducting interviews, surveys or other exercises, or acquiring statistical data.

Step 12: Analyze and interpret the data collected.

Step 13: Publish and disseminate the data, which could also be used when reporting to funding agencies.

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