Approach & expertise

When your goal is to improve community health, you have questions about what works. Helping you find the answers is our specialty. The Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE) offers customized evaluation services to health-related organizations throughout the United States. Since 1990 our team has partnered with foundations, nonprofits, and government agencies to help communities become healthier.

CCHE is committed to a responsive, collaborative approach to evaluation. We are an evaluation partner as opposed to an independent, external evaluator and work very closely with our clients to develop an evaluation plan that will provide useful information for program improvement, measure the impact of a program, and contribute to the national body of research and knowledge.

CCHE employs state of the art mixed methods using both qualitative and quantitative data to assess the impact of an organization’s work. Aided by an extensive network of long-term affiliations with individual experts, universities, and other health care institutions, we have pioneered many of the techniques today considered standard in evaluation of community-based interventions, including the use of logic models, case study methodology, and innovative approaches to measuring the community environment.

CCHE provides formative feedback throughout the evaluation process so that adjustments can be made as needed. We work to communicate results to internal and external audiences through a variety of media and using a combination of numbers, stories, and visual displays. CCHE has pioneered innovative ways of communicating data, including geographic mapping of intervention activities and the use of social network analysis to display characteristics of relationships.

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Mission & values

Our mission:
To improve the health of communities through collaborative approaches to planning, assessment, and evaluation.

Our core values:
Excellence: Providing services and products that are useful, timely, clear, and adhere to the highest ethical and methodological standards.  

Collaboration: Ensuring stakeholders’ needs are met and diverse interests and values are represented through all phases of the project.

Empowerment: Connecting communities and clients with tools and resources that build capacity, foster learning and increase mutual respect and equity.

Respect: Honoring the role, potential, and power of individuals and communities to improve health.

Creativity: Seeking new and innovative ways to increase the quality and impact of our work.

Innovation: Pursuing new approaches, techniques, and solutions to planning, assessment, and evaluation in order to improve the quality of our work.

Progress: Promoting program improvement and policy change through measurement of realistic outcomes, data-based decision-making, and ongoing feedback.