Measuring Effectiveness and Outcomes Using Evaluation Information
b. How is evaluation information used to assure program sustainability?

Creating open communication throughout your project or program will instill trust and program "transparency." People are more apt to support a program if they understand it, believe in it and want to see it succeed. Be proactive and share information rather than waiting for someone to ask for it. Provide contact information so people can talk to someone. Programs that are unwilling to share their successes and lessons learned may be trying to hide serious deficiencies or feel that others will "steal the secrets of their success." Although this attitude may be acceptable in the corporate world, it will not contribute to solving any dental public health problems or increase access to care.

 A good resource that discusses program sustainability is Discovering Community Power: A Guide to Mobilizing Local Assets and Your Organization's Capacity (PDF) a 37- page guide for non-profit organizations on 1) how to assess and strengthen your project's relationships with and use of community assets, 2) how to identify and connect your organization's assets to a particular project, and 3) how to connect both projects and organizations to community assets.

MobileHealthMap.org is a dual-purpose website focused on 1) mapping all mobile health programs across the country,  and 2) offering mobile healthcare providers an online tool for calculating an ROI (return-on-investment) ratio for their mobile health services - a quantified value of mobile health clinic interventions that defines costs spared to the nation's greater healthcare system.