Promoting Children’s Well-Being

With a systems change perspective grounded in both pediatric clinical care and population health, Threshold Evaluation promotes awareness of the linkages from small local programs to the more expansive directions that create a better life for families, particularly those of low income and under served populations.

Participatory methods remain central to obtaining the breadth of opinion and perspective that lead to new directions most relevant to building and revising great programs. Broad participation fosters understanding of priorities regarding what is to be evaluated, why, and using what methods. Discussion, synthesis, discovery of new information, reflection, revision—all of these are steps needed to integrate final results into program activities.  Threshold uses both qualitative and quantitative data to provide strong evidence for program change. In addition to the participatory nature of building evaluations, the types of data and analysis depend upon the problem to be explored, budgetary realities and time constraints.

Recent projects include:

  • Monitoring change of exposure to indoor cigarette smoke through pre and posttests in after-school programs in 15 Colorado locations. Augmenting the data with staff interviews provided reflections on what creates success.
  • Working with a team of professionals to develop a statewide scan of child sexual abuse prevention resources in Colorado counties.
  • Conducting a survey of hospital nurses about policies regarding substance using women in pregnancy, labor and delivery.

The CEO of Threshold Evaluation and Consulting, LLC, Sharry Erzinger, has public health and pediatric primary health care experiences with diverse and low income populations. While her primary language is English, she speaks, reads and writes in Spanish as well as. She has conducted trainings in Spanish with audiences of parents and counsellors and professionals.

Sharry is amazing! - M. Jones