The J&J CHC grant award will be made in installments, according to the following distinct but linked phases:
A. Formative Phase (first 8 months)
B. Implementation Phases (20 months) and
C. Communication and Dissemination Phase (2 months)
Successful applicants will receive funding for an eight-month formative program design process. The same organizations will receive two separate installments, after this initial funding, for the completion of activities during the 20 month Implementation Phase. Those two installments will be paid based upon the successful completion of objectives developed in the Formative phase (see next section, Technical Assistance). While receipt of a Formative Phase grant does not automatically guarantee receipt of an Implementation Phase grant, our intent in selecting the J&J CHC Program grantees is to fully support them through the entire 30 month period, provided they meet pre-determined grant and programmatic requirements.
A. Formative Phase: October 1, 2013 – May 31, 2014
Applicants awarded a Formative Phase grant will work with the technical assistance team (JHSPH doctoral student and faculty, see Technical Assistance section below) who will provide guidance to project staff to develop a plan and pilot a prevention education intervention that incorporates evidence-based and local agency expertise.
By the end of the Formative Phase, grantees will have:
- Selected an evidence-based approach to prevention education for children at risk for overweight and obesity;
- Created, tested and finalized, adapted curriculum and intervention materials that incorporate the evidence-base;
- Hired and/or trained program staff who will be conducting the obesity prevention education programs in the community during the implementation phase;
- Hired and/or selected one staff member that will be focal point for evaluation efforts
- Designed and finalized a program monitoring and evaluation plan, evaluation protocol, and evaluation tools for assessing program progress and effectiveness;
- All relevant staff working on the program activities participated in trainings to create and finalize the evaluation database;
- Created and finalized a work plan and conceptual framework(project plan) for the implementation phase;
- Created a participant recruitment and retention plan;
- Completed at least one full pilot run of the intervention;
- Participated in the October, 2013 Technical Assistance Workshop;
- Participated in two capacity building visits by Hopkins Faculty and Scholars
- Participated in quarterly conference calls.
B. Implementation Phase: June 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015
This phase is divided into two parts, each lasting ten months:
Part 1: June 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015
In the first 10 months of the Implementation Phase, the intervention design conceptualized and tested in the Formative Phase is implemented in the field on a regular basis. Technical assistance and additional hands-on training on evaluation components will continue to be provided with required grantee staff participation. Major changes to the intervention during this Phase will not be permitted, but small modifications to maintain the quality of the intervention will be allowable. Indicators of successful Part 1 Implementation will include:
- A progress report that includes an analysis of progress toward meeting the program goal and objectives.
- Demonstrated reasonable progress will be required to receive the third grant for continuation of program implementation.
Part 2: April 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016
During the second 10 months of the Implementation Phase, all program intervention and evaluation activities will continue to be implemented as during Part 1 of this Phase. Technical assistance and additional hands-on training on evaluation components will continue to be provided with required grantee staff participation.
C. Wrap-Up and Dissemination Phase: February 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016
The final two months of the grant will be dedicated to final data analysis, completion of the final report, and dissemination activities such as the one described below.
- Each grantee is encouraged to submit an abstract to the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, to take place on November 7-11, 2015 in Chicago, IL. Accepted abstracts will receive additional funding beyond this grant to cover costs associated with this meeting
The grant award amounts and dates are:
October 1, 2013 – May 31, 2014
10 months + 2mos (see below)
June 1, 2014 – March 31, 2015
April 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016
Wrap-Up & Dissemination Phase
Funds for this phase are in Implement. Phase 2
February 1 to March 31, 2016
The intent of this RFA is to award grants to applicants that demonstrate a clear understanding of the objectives, meet the eligibility criteria and make a compelling case to implement the grant as described above by sharing details about their organizational capacity and the community they serve, including: their experience in this area to date; and their aspirations for programming with the receipt of this funding.
Grantees will either enhance existing prevention education programs or develop new programs with evidence based interventions. To aid in this incorporation of evidence-based interventions the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) will provide technical assistance throughout the entire J&J CHC grant period. During the Formative Phase, the technical assistance will help grantees to: reassess their goals and timelines (often ambitious when original conceived) in order to develop a project plan that sets realistic expectations for evidence-based program implementation; and design and implement an evaluation plan including database creation.
During the Implementation Phase, the technical assistance will help grantees assess if they are meeting the project plan; will aid in data review and analysis; and review participant recruitment and retention approaches. The ultimate goal of the technical assistance is to build in-house capacity for organizations to incorporate evidence-based approaches into their prevention education programs and strengthen their monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacity.