Internal Evaluation TIG Week: Meeting the Moment: Stages of Relationship-Building in Ongoing Internal Evaluation by Kate Satterfield
Hello! My name is Kate Satterfield, and I’m the Deputy Director, Evaluation and Systems Improvement at New Morning, a non-profit that promotes equitable access to contraception in South Carolina. Our flagship program began in 2017 and comprises a network of more than 70 health systems (“partners”) across the state, granted funds to improve the quality of care and provide contraceptive methods regardless of patients’ ability to pay. The program has benefitted from a comprehensive external evaluation of our activities through 2022, conducted by the Center for Applied Research and Evaluation in Women’s Health at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Where ETSU has the capacity to empirically investigate changes in contraceptive access and use across the state, New Morning’s internal evaluation team, in partnership with technical assistance liaisons assigned to each partner—monitor processes and outputs at partner sites, working with staff to generate inquiry and inform decisions.