APA is the evaluator for four programs currently funded through Mile High United Way’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF). The SIF program leverages $1.8 million each year in federal funds to create up to $6.6 million in literacy investments in Colorado’s communities. In particular, Mile High United Way supports a series of innovative programs designed to improve literacy outcomes for children from birth to age eight. Each program is required to include a rigorous evaluation component that measures: 1) how consistently and effectively the programs are being implemented; and 2) the impacts of the program on child literacy and learning. Each evaluation plan is required to undergo significant external review, and must obtain approval from national experts in program evaluation design as well as approval of an independent Institutional Review Board (IRB).
The four programs which APA evaluates use different approaches to improve literacy outcomes, and each requires its own unique evaluation design: