A Model for Evaluating the Activities of a Coalition-Based Policy Action Group: The Case of Hermosa Vida

Lisa Jane Hardy, Peter Wertheim, Kyle Bohan, Julio Cesar Quezada, Eric Henley

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Scholars and clinicians are increasingly recognizing the complexity of social contexts of health and the need for multifunctioning approaches to health care problems including community- and policy-level strategies. Barriers to change in health care policy can sometimes be attributed to the actions of advocacy coalitions who operate from a limited view of "policy change." Advocates have a tendency to pressure stakeholders to mandate laws as a final resolution of a movement, often leading to failure or, worse, stigmatizing of issues. A more inclusive focus on health policy change as an ongoing process increases the efficacy of advocacy and outcomes measurement. This article presents a tool for policy action that coalition members developed through the implementation of a 3-year grant to improve the safety net for preventing childhood obesity. Scholars and policy makers developed the Policy Coalition Evaluation Tool with the intent to create a model to guide and measure efforts and outcomes of a local community-based policy coalition. The authors suggest using community-based participatory research approaches for developing a coalition-specific Policy Coalition Evaluation Tool to increase the effectiveness of advocacy groups and the documentation of coalition activities over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)514-523
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • community-based participatory research
  • evaluation design
  • evaluation methods
  • health promotion
  • health research
  • partnerships/coalitions
  • program planning and evaluation
  • public health laws/policies
  • social policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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