Reporting Results


Every quarter, evaluators have an opportunity to connect with other evaluators in the Tobacco Evaluator Alliance. At the last meeting, some requested additional help on FER writing, so we got together with Yaneth from the Hispanic Coordinating Center to quickly offer a FER Q/A session.  These are the main takeaways from that session and an invitation to join us for the next one.


Hey LLAs: Get Ready to Jump into 2022!

If you’re reading this in between your marathon of writing FERs and BERs: Keep it up!  You got this! 

If you’re reading this after you’ve come up for air from sending off all the reports: Congrats!  You deserve a breather from this whirlwind of a contract!

Hey Competitive Grantees: Get Ready to Jump into 2022!

I still cannot believe we’re at the end of another year, yet here we are!  Thank you for all the amazing effort and progress you’ve all made despite this unusual year (and more!)  2022 is just weeks away, and with that comes another year and new opportunities to put your evaluation efforts to good use.  Here are a few ways to jump into 2022 with an evaluation focus.

The Importance of Transparency: Reporting Limitations

The limitations section in an evaluation report can feel a bit like a confessional.  When writing these, one can feel like they are admitting all the ways they got it wrong; revealing the skeletons in their evaluation closet.  It can be uncomfortable and maybe even a little disheartening.  So why do we do it?

Reporting in Brief: FAQs about BERs

As we head toward the end of the calendar year, we’re approaching the end of the reporting period for local lead agencies. If you haven’t already, it’s time to start writing your Final Evaluation Reports (FERs) and Brief Evaluation Reports (BERs)!

It’s also the time of year when TCEC starts receiving more questions about FERs and BERs, including a big one: What’s the difference?

Mastering FERs together!

by Jorge Andrews

Report writing can be a frustrating endeavor, especially if you have to do it alone. 

To help projects master the Final Evaluation Report (FER), TCEC hosted the first-ever FER Clinic in late April and May 2021. A small and brave cohort of evaluators and project staff convened over Zoom to discuss, collaborate, and improve on their FERs. Eight Local Lead Agencies participated, with attendees ranging from novice to very experienced, representing small and large counties alike.

Announcing the first ever TCEC FER Clinic!

The Tobacco Control Evaluation Center will be hosting the first-ever Final Evaluation Report (FER) Clinic. The clinic will happen via Zoom, during 5 sessions from 10:00 to 12:00 on April 19, 21, 26, 28, and May 3rd.

The TCEC FER Clinic is a chance for projects currently writing final evaluation reports (FERs) to receive hands-on practice and feedback on their current report due in 2021. The goal of the TCEC FER Clinic is to fine-tune your project’s FER writing process by working closely with TCEC and peers from the field.

Just Right: What it takes to write a useful evaluation report

Once upon a time (it seems so long ago in the wake of current events) during the month of FER-bruary, the Tobacco Control Evaluation Center (TCEC) held a series of four webinars that explained what goes into writing a good final evaluation report.  It all comes down to telling an efficient story that has just the right amount of detail.

Resources for Reporting

Reporting is an important part of working in California tobacco control. Every six months progress reports are due, when an activity is done an activity summary report may be needed, and at the end of every funding cycle the final evaluation report is submitted.