Evaluation tools and resources


Looking for more information to help you evaluate your community mobilization efforts?


The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has a number of evaluation resources within the resource hub. In particular, you’ll find:

  • A Program evaluation toolkit that contains tools and templates for planning, doing and using evaluation, including a template and support for developing a logic model.
  • The measures database, a growing online directory that profiles measures related to child and youth mental health and program evaluation.


Additional resources:

  • The Approaches to Measuring: Community Change Indicators by Weaver, Born & Whaley at the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement provides information on community-level indicators for poverty that may have relevance to evaluating communities engaged in suicide prevention.
  • Challenges and recommendations for evaluating suicide prevention programs, developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Centre, provides lessons learned about evaluation and data/surveillance collection from state and tribal Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) evaluator Community of Learning participants.
  • The Community Tool Box provides resources and tools to help people work together to build healthier communities, including information on evaluating community programs and initiatives.
  • The Innoweave Developmental Evaluation self-assessment tool can help you determine your community’s readiness and capacity to use a developmental evaluation approach.
  • A Project Ethics Community Consensus Initiative (ARECCI) is a network of stakeholders dedicated to improving ethics review processes. Their webpage includes guidelines, a screening tool and webinars to help guide ethical thinking in different types of projects, such as in evaluations.
  • RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit is designed to help program staff evaluate and plan for improvements to their youth suicide prevention programs. 
  • The Suicide Prevention Resource Centre (SPRC) houses several materials on evaluating community-based suicide prevention programs, including toolkits, practical advice and educational resources.
  • A User’s Guide to Advocacy Evaluation Planning,  developed by The Harvard Family Research Project, guides users through four basic steps of advocacy evaluation planning: focusing, mapping, prioritizing and designing.
  • For examples of how other community-level initiatives implement and evaluate their efforts (including logic models, outcomes, indicators) consult the international and national strategies listed in the Prevention Section of this toolkit.
  • Collective Insights on Collective Impact developed by the Stanford Social Innovation Review for the Collective Impact Forum, provides information on evaluating collective impact initiatives.

Sample evaluations

The literature around the evaluation of community mobilization efforts in youth suicide prevention, risk management and postvention is limited both in quantity and quality. This highlights the importance of evaluating your community efforts and sharing your results.

The following examples may provide you with some ideas for evaluating your community initiative:

  • Allen, J., Mohatt, G., Fok, C. C. T., Henry, D., & People Awakening Team (2010) Suicide prevention as a  community development process: Understanding circumpolar youth suicide prevention through community level outcomes. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 68, 274-297.
  • Bean, G., & Baber, K. M. (2011). Connect: An effective community-based youth suicide prevention program. Suicide and life-threatening behavior, 41, 87-97. 
  • Canadian Mental Health Association & BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (2015). Connecting the Dots: Final evaluation report executive summary. Retrieved from: https://cmha.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/CTD-Exec-Summary.pdf
  • Cousins, J. B., & Chouinard, J. A. (2007). Evaluation framework: National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (NAYSPS). University of Ottawa. Retrieved from: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/summary?doi=
  • Griffith, D. M., Allen, J. O., Zimmerman, M. A., Morrel-Samuels, S., Reischl, T. M., Cohen, S. E., & Campbell, K. A. (2008). Organizational empowerment in community mobilization to address youth violence. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 34, S89-S99. Grunbaum, J. A., Kann, L., Kinchen, S. A., Williams, B., Ross, J. G, Lowry, R., & Kolbe, L. (2002). Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2001. Journal of School Health, 72, 1–64.
  • Joshi, P., Damstrom-Albach, D., Ross, I., & Hummel, C. (2009). Strengthening the safety net: A report on the suicide prevention, intervention and postvention initiative for BC. Suicide PIP Initiative BC. Accessed from: https://suicidepipinitiative.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/logic-model.pdf