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.
  • A growing list of learning modules  and webinars on evaluation topics.
  • The Project showcase which contains information about each of the projects the Centre has funded to date, including planning and doing evaluation grants.
  • The measures database, a growing online directory that profiles measures related to child and youth mental health and program evaluation.
  • The Centre also offers consultation, coaching and support in program evaluation. Contact us to learn more!


Additional resources:

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