Evaluation allows the service provider the opportunity to change
those things that are not having an impact on the service user,
while at the same time, affords the service provider the tools
to enhance those elements of services that evidence based evaluation
has proven works! Evaluation can open doors for CBAOs, by creating
dialogue with its service users, volunteers, staff and the community-at-large.
Following a discussion on the telephone, a decision will be made
regarding a visit to your agency to further discuss your organization's
needs and meet other members of your team.
can we have evaluated?
You may wish to evaluate a program, the effectiveness of long-standing
service, or the impact that the agency has on the lives of its
can we expect CLEAR to do for us?
The CLEAR investigators will summarize the discussion of your
project in the form of a proposal for your edits and changes.
CLEAR will conduct a literature review on the project to assess
what is already known about the question you are asking.
CLEAR will propose a method of gathering data for your approval
or to stimulate a discussion of options.
Depending on the size of the project, a formal proposal could
be submitted to the OHTN and other agencies to fund your initiative.
For smaller projects, CLEAR can gather the data and summarize
this in a report for your edit and interpretation.
CLEAR can help prepare posters, abstracts and presentations for
your dissemination at meetings. If the paper abstract is
accepted, CLEAR can ask the AIDS Bureau for permission to finance
your attendance at meetings.
CLEAR can feature your important findings (with your permission)
on CLEAR's website and/or newsletter.
A person can call the Unit to see if we have information relevant
to your topic of interest on our Reference Manager Database which
houses around 1,000 published papers since 1999 on issues related
to AIDS and CBAOs in the following areas - Prevention; Organizational
Capacity Building; Supportive Care and Recruitment/Retention,
to name but a few areas.
will it cost our CBAO?
This service is completely funded by the AIDS Bureau, Ontario
Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care and is free to the agency
long does evaluation take?
The answer to this question depends on the needs of the individual
agency. Remember, thorough and productive evaluation is an ongoing
evaluation result in my agency losing funding?
No. The objective of evaluation is not to determine the future
funding of a CBAO but rather assist CBAOs with determining what
works best for your agency and your community.
Can See CLEARly Now!
Once you have accessed the CLEAR Team, your agency will have a
clearer picture of what impact your mission statement is having
on those you serve. Your agency will have had the opportunity
to truly measure for success!
and Answers often posed to CLEAR
CLEAR just a government subsidized consulting company?
A consulting company is usually a for-profit agency, that works
to help another agency with a specific task for a specific price
with the goal of creating a profit as well as giving a service.
While CLEAR is funded
for a fixed amount by government, it is a "movement"
more than a project to help all CBAOs in Ontario evaluate their
current and , sometimes hoped for, responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Any efficiencies within CLEAR are retained to serve even more
Different from a consulting
a) CLEAR deploys academic
investigators to help develop research questions, write proposals
and conduct studies that answer CBAOs' questions, assisting in
their refinement and sometimes raising their level of sophistication
to achieve outside funding or resources for the CBAO itself.
b) CLEAR can deliver
more service by stretching limited resources. For example, more
studies have been undertaken than listed in the original service
c) CLEAR is committed
to strengthening community CBAOs versus itself.
can we trust those academics?
In all of social relations, trust develops over time as a function
of being observed to be doing what we say and saying what we do.
The CBAO community is free to obtain references about CLEAR's
work from any other agency we have worked with in the past. This
is in keeping with CLEAR's values of:
1) Accountability: collaboration,
partnership, respect, transparency, and
2) Leadership: principles
of equity, professionalism, academic and rigor, cultural and community
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Funded by: AIDS Bureau, Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term