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​Uniform Minimum Standards

An assessment instrument to evaluate an agency's or organization's capacity along eight Uniform Minimum Standards (UMS) for prevention agreed upon by the five state agencies working on prevention. Each of these five state agencies utilize these eight UMSas guidelines for Request for Proposals, internal assessments, and organizational assessments of grantees.

The eight Uniform Minimum Standards (UMS) below are key factors that influence your program/project and agency success.

  1. Clear Statement of the Issue/Need(s) to be Addressed: To what extent does the program/project identify the problem/issue(s) to be addressed? To what extent does it describe the population and/or geographic area where the issue exists? To what extent does it utilize a variety of data in this assessment process?
  2. Focus on Contributing Factors: To what extent does the program/project utilize research (e.g. risk and protective factors, health behaviors) or literature to identify contributing factors? To what extent are the contributing factors linked to the identified problem and strategies?
  3. Intended Outcomes Specified: To what extent does the program/project specify one or more measurable outcomes it intends to achieve through its approaches? To what extent do these outcomes relate to the identified problem and contributing factors?
  4. Evidence-Based Programs/Services: To what extent does the program/project provide prevention or intervention approaches that are a model program or are based upon research, sound prevention/intervention principles or theory?
  5. Services and Target Population Specified: To what extent does the program/project specify the amount and type of services/approaches, and the proposed number of individuals or groups that will benefit?
  6. Evaluation: To what extent does the program/project plan and implement evaluation that tracks both the process and outcome data? To what extent does the program/project modify services/approaches based upon the evaluation results and can demonstrate progress towards outcomes?
  7. Agency Capacity: To what extent is staff qualified and trained in the program, approaches, or model being implemented? To what extent are the staff qualified to work with the targeted service population? To what extent are fiscal and accounting procedures in place to accurately manage and track funds and program activities? To what extent does the governing body and practices fairly represent the clients? To what extent does marketing reflect the clientele?
  8. Collaboration: To what extent does the program/practice collaborate with other public, private, and nonprofit prevention and intervention programs at the state, regional or local level for purposes of resource sharing, coordination of efforts, case management, and to avoid duplication of services?

Resources

  
  
UMS Glossary.pdfUMS Glossary
UMS Assessment Score Sheet.xlsUMS Assessment Score Sheet
UMS Assessment Toolkit.pdfUMS Assessment Toolkit