3.4 Get Results and Share Program Success
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Spread the word about your program’s success.
This can energize your team to keep working hard in their jobs, your participants to keep working hard to stay healthy, and your funders to continue funding a program.
It is not always easy to keep up with program-tracking forms. There are evaluation forms to complete for each heart health session. If you have volunteers or new community health workers (CHWs), it may be hard to get the forms filled out and turned in.
Examples from the Field
The heart health team from Big Bend Area Health Education Center in Florida shared their success by doing presentations and poster sessions at conferences. By going as a team to conferences, such as the Center for Sustainable Outreach Unity, they were able to network with many people and share all the great things happening with their heart health program.
Local businesses and other partners can also share the program’s success with community members and their funders. Showing that they help the community help its image may be an incentive for them to keep funding your program! Here are some examples of how to share program success that can help sustain it. Being able to document success can help as you apply for grants or ask for donations.
- Before you give out any forms, make sure they are written at a level people will understand. If people prefer filling out forms on a computer, provide ways they can do this.
- Make sure that you take enough time to train people on how to fill out the forms and turn them in. Recognize and address concerns or challenges they may have. Make sure that they know just how important the forms are in finding program results and sharing success.
- Plan how to help people who have visual, hearing, and reading impairments and disabilities.
- If there is a nearby university, look for students interested in gathering and summarizing program information. They could work with the CHWs.
- Use information about challenges to improve your program. Let the community, funders, CHWs, and others know how you will use the information to improve the program.
- Sing your praises! Make it clear how great your program is. Get the word out about how people in your program have improved their health and their family’s health. For examples of how you can do this, check out Evaluation Report Executive Summary (PDF, 423 KB). You can also announce that you are using heart health materials from the National Institutes of Health. Share other impressive information about NHLBI’s heart health materials and programs.