Evaluating Shared Risk and Protective Factor Approaches: Learning from Colorado and Utah

Evaluating shared risk and protective factors (SRPFs) requires us to use our basic evaluation skills as well as develop new ways of determining the impact of our efforts. Of course, evaluation is critical and necessary, as it can illuminate the value of SRPF approaches by illustrating how they can positively impact a variety of health and social issues. Further, the complexity brought by SRPFs is an opportunity that brings an invigorating challenge to our work. Luckily, evaluators in the Colorado and Utah state health departments (SHDs) have engaged this challenge and gained useful insights that can guide others seeking to plan and implement evaluations of SRPFs work.

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