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Leveraging Learning

August 25, 2016


The Colorado Health Institute published this framework to evaluate The Denver Foundation’s Colorado Health Access Fund between 2015-2023.

 In 2014, the Colorado Health Institute conducted a comprehensive asset and gap analysis focused on the challenges faced by Coloradans with high health care needs in accessing care.  Our research highlighted barriers to care as well as proposed solutions.  Read more about our findings here

Based on this research, the Colorado Health Access Fund launched in April 2015 and focuses on increasing access to behavioral health treatment.  The Denver Foundation engaged the Colorado Health Institute to evaluate the Fund’s investments.

The framework outlines a three-tiered strategy for evaluating:

- Grantee activities and contributions,

- The extent to which the grantmaking of the Colorado Health Access Fund has aligned with donor intent, and

- The bigger picture of how this work contributes to moving the needle on improving health outcomes and increasing access to behavioral health services among Coloradans with high health needs.

The Colorado Health Access Fund of The Denver Foundation will award approximately $5 million a year between 2015 and 2022 to increase access to behavioral health care and improve health outcomes for people with high health care needs across Colorado. 

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