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Prepared by Public Health — Seattle & King County
February 2018

Twenty community partners received awards to make policy, systems, and environment changes to improve health equity by improving access to healthy foods and beverages and physical activity. Over fifty people, including program and fiscal staff, from these twenty partners were invited to participate in an online survey between December 2017 and January 2018. This report summarizes findings from the fourteen responses received (9 healthy food, 2 youth/children physical activity, 1 child care food and physical activity combined, 2 unknown.)

Factors leading to success

Almost 80% of respondents said that PICH funding/assistance was essential for working on their policy, system, and environment changes. Few (20%) felt it would have happened without PICH resources.

Having this grant to support this work allowed us to show our district just how important PE/Health is to our students and how dedicated our teachers are to providing equal access and high quality curriculum."

Public Health's technical assistance and support was the leading factor partners attributed to their success. The factors that made the PICH work successful were (in order of frequency mentioned)

  • Public Health staff and support
  • Funding
  • Community support and involvement
  • Support from within partner’s staff and administration
  • Network of other partners that developed
  • Access to guidance and materials

Even funders with an interest in developing agriculture did not choose to fund the farm. It took the Public Health emphasis on health equity to get this project going. In addition, the close-working relationship with Public Health enabled our small organization to engage in much deeper community collaboration than we could have alone, which we believe will result in much wider impact as this project continues forward."

Partners' experience with Public Health

All the respondents reported that their overall view of their experience working with PHSKC was positive.

Comments include:

  • Larger and longer contracts would help support small community based organizations
  • Internal staff turnover made implementation difficult
  • Multi-year initiative was important to get project launched.
  • Sustainability expectations were unrealistic

All the respondents had a good or excellent experience with their project lead and all but one (93%) reported a positive experience with the evaluation team. The one person who did not report positively about the evaluation team was confused as to who was actually part of the team.

Of the 11 of respondents involved with contracting, 8 (73%) reported a positive experience (good or excellent), and of the 7 respondents involved in invoicing, 4 (57%) reported a positive experience.

Comments include:

  • Setting up of scope of work and budget went well.
  • Procedures were improving by third year.
  • Subcontracting through fiscal sponsor was difficult.
  • Process was cumbersome, requiring a lot of back up documentation
  • Training at the end helped

Partners' organizational capacity to do project

Respondents felt most confident about their organizations’ ability to implement the project and least confident about their ability to manage the financial requirements associated with federal funding. All the comments related how to processes and their capacity improved over the course of PICH.

  Percent reported good/excellent
Contracting (e.g. agreeing to a scope of work, budget, and amendments) with governmental entities (e.g. Public Health) 92%
Manage finances and invoice for expenses per federal requirements 77%
Implement the project scope of work 100%

Comments include:

We had little experience in contracting and did not have financial systems suet up [before PICH, but now I feel that we are 'good' at contracting, 'good' at managing invoices, and 'very good' at implementing scope of work."

Partners' view of communications products

Only 70% of respondents reported that the communication products (e.g. monthly emails, PICH videos, infographics, icons, photos, brochures, PPT template) were useful. However, several persons elaborated in the comments that organization specific products including videos and photographs allowed them to present their project to gain support and funding.

Public Health videos provided a much more professional way of presenting our project than we could have created and it provided external validation of our work."

"We have already used videos facilitated by PICH in fundraising, as well as broadening our reach in the community."