Finalization of the evaluation process – "The synthesis of the model evaluation report"

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The aim of the Healthy Boost project was to improve the capacities of local authorities to enhance health of citizens through cross-sectoral cooperation. Its main objective was to make urban policies for health and well-being more innovative, effective and integrated.

Achieving such goals required a tool which provided the guidance to partners of cross-sectoral cooperation in order to maximize the effectiveness of collaboration. The Healthy Boost project put together knowledge and experience of experts from various institutions, and as a result, introduced the model of cross-sectoral cooperation.

In order to provide a fully developed version of the model, the Healthy Boost project based on pilot activities and the process of their evaluation. Nine cities from the Baltic Region were involved in these initiatives:

  • Cherepovets,
  • Helsinki,
  • Jelgava Local Municipality,
  • Klaipeda,
  • Poznan,
  • Pskov,
  • Suwalki,
  • Turku,
  • Tartu.

In each of these cities local authorities (municipalities) played a role of the Pilot Coordinators. This role mean that some chosen and trained representatives of the municipality animated the process of cross-sectoral collaboration in their local area, involving citizens as well as partners from NGOs, SMEs and other sectors. All the pilot activities as well as the usage of model were thoroughly evaluated.

Here we would like to present "The synthesis of the model evaluation report", written by the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine. The report summed up observations regarding usability of the model for cross-sectoral cooperation, underlining strengths and weaknesses of this tool and indicates areas for improvement. Results of the evaluation contributed to develop final version of the model.

The basis of information provided in the "Synthesis of model evaluation report" were:

A. The study of Pilot Coordinators responsible for managing the pilots in their cities.

The basis of this study was an online questionnaire called "Evaluation of pilot activities and the model for cross-sectoral cooperation". This study gathered opinions expressed by the Pilot Coordinators on behalf of themselves and the pilot stakeholders, citizens/pilot target groups. The study was basis of quantitative and qualitative analyses of the (dis)advantageous of the model for cross-sectoral cooperation. 

B. The study of stakeholders engaged by the Municipalities in the cross-sectoral collaboration in the pilots.

The basis of this study was "The questionnaire concerning the stakeholders’ opinions on the collaboration in the pilot". The aim of the tool was to collect pilot stakeholders’ assessment of the opportunities created in the pilots: to meet other stakeholders engaged in the collaboration, to develop ways of collaboration with other partners, to engage in improving the collaboration, and to express the opinion on the cross-sectoral cooperation. Moreover, the questionnaire was aimed at collecting data on the weaknesses and benefits stemming from collaboration, willingness to its continuation in the future as well as changes in motivation to participate in the intervention."

Here you will find the: "The synthesis of the model evaluation report".

The graphic version of the synthesis you can find here.