The Health Foundation’s Synergy Initiative embraces a philosophy of partnership between the applicant/grantee, the evaluator, and the Foundation in a shared aim of achieving success. This approach is operationalized through a planning and evaluation system called Results-Oriented Grantmaking and Grant-Implementation (ROGG, Copyright © by Dr. Janice B. Yost and Dr. Abraham H. Wandersman).
ROGG applies an empowerment evaluation approach to maximize a project’s chances of success whereby grantees utilize ten guiding accountability questions (below) to provide the structure for an effective problem-solving process and support the facilitation of program planning and monitoring, the documentation of outcomes, and the sustainability of interventions. Applicant/Grantee, evaluator, and funder partners work as a collaborative team throughout the process.
The ROGG system consists of a series of forms which incorporate the ten accountability questions in varying degrees of specificity. Appropriate forms are made available by the Foundation to the applicant/grantee as they progress step-by-step through the process of planning, piloting, implementation, and sustainability of results.
|Accountability Questions||Strategic Planning/Evaluation Focus|
|1. What are the underlying needs and conditions that must be addressed?||Needs & Assets/Resources Assessment|
|2. What are the goals, population of focus and objectives (i.e., desired outcomes)?||Goal Setting|
|3. Which science-(evidence) based models and best practice programs can be useful in reaching the goals?||Review of Literature & Promising Practice Programs|
|4. What actions need to be taken so the selected program “fits” the community context?||Feedback on Comprehensiveness and Fit of Program|
|5. What is the plan for this program?||Planning|
|6. What organizational capacities are needed to implement the plan?||Organizational capacities|
|7. Is the program being implemented with quality?||Process Evaluation|
|8. How well is the program working?||Outcome and Impact Evaluation|
|9. How will continuous quality improvement strategies be included?||Lessons Learned|
|10. If the program is successful, how will it be sustained?||Sustainability Plan|