PIMS – Promising Approaches & Best Practices
The systematic use of the Strategic Framework, performance measurement and evaluation tools, and the other resources on this website is intended to improve the ability of OMH, its grantees, and others to identify those strategies and practices that "work" in achieving desired or intended program results.
In FY 2010, OMH established an Evaluation Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) with skilled evaluators available through contract support to provide training and technical assistance to ensure that grant recipients complete project evaluation plans consistent with OMH's guidelines and protocols, implement plans, and report their successes and other results.
Three OMH grant programs, initially funded in FY 2007, came to an end in FY 2010: the Bilingual/Bicultural Services Demonstration Grant Program, the Community Partnership to Eliminate Health Disparities Demonstration Grant Program, and the HIV/AIDS Health Promotion and Education Grant Program. At the end of FY 2011, the Collaborative Technical Assistance and Capacity Development (CTA/CD) Demonstration Grant Program for the Coordination and Delivery of a Continuum of HIV/AIDS-Related Services in Minority Communities also came to an end. As these grant programs approached the end of their grant cycles, information from grantees on their project evaluation efforts was reviewed by OMH grant program project officers and, once ETAC was established, by ETAC staff to determine whether such evaluations produced emerging or actual evidence of intervention effectiveness. For each grant project, reviews were conducted of the intended results of interventions conducted, quantitative and/or qualitative evidence that demonstrated such results, and the nature and rigor of evaluation methods used to assess effectiveness. The following projects represent those with interventions that showed promise of producing -- or actually produced --evidence of effectiveness in achieving intended results.