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Research and Evaluation

Because of Canyon Ranch Institute’s commitment to evidence-based approaches and information, we and our partners conduct rigorous evaluation. We define evaluation as a specific type of research. We also conduct pure and applied research as warranted.

Evaluation Objectives

Our program evaluation serves two main objectives:

  1. Provides process data that can guide decision making to improve programming, and
  2. Provides outcome data that will define the program’s success within measureable parameters.

Evaluation provides ongoing, systematic information that supports a foundation upon which to build and disseminate best practices to support communities and populations in achieving optimal health.

Evaluation Approach

Our evaluation approach is:

Participatory and Partnership Driven
Evaluation strategies are collaboratively developed for each partnership.

Balanced and Flexible
Canyon Ranch Institute strives to strike a balance among outcome evaluation, context evaluation, and process evaluation, while utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methodologies as are appropriate to each situation.

People-Focused
Individuals and communities guide program development and are at the heart of all Canyon Ranch Institute evaluation strategies.

Evaluation Criteria

We develop an evaluation strategy and an implementation plan for each program. The evaluation strategy is defined collaboratively in the early stages of each program and defines the theoretical linkages and programmatic assumptions underlying the evaluation. The evaluation implementation plan includes the specific resources necessary to implement the evaluation.