July 2020
Tips for Sharing Your Messages on Mental Health and Wellbeing of Men and Boys of Color

Dear Making Connections Grantees,
As you may know, Vanguard Communications, a Washington, DC-based public relations and social marketing agency focused exclusively on communications for social change, conducts an analysis of the media landscape surrounding the mental wellbeing of men and boys in the U.S. each year and writes both grantee and national reports showcasing the findings. In order to best support the work you are doing in your communities around producing effective messaging, Vanguard developed the Creating Message Concepts About the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Men and Boys of Color tip sheet. This tip sheet provides helpful ways to create effective messages to increase your impact and identify positive influencers who can share your messages widely. We hope this resource will be valuable as you continue the important Making Connections work in your communities. 

Click on the icon below to access the tip sheet.

Electronic versions of the MWBI are available on each grantee's site web page. To access your individual grantee web page:
  1. Go to https://www.mcievaluation.com/
  2. Look for Resources /Data Collection Activities/Mental Well-Being Inventory
  3. Click on your grantee site

Sites are encouraged to use the MWBI only if it is appropriate to use the tool at this time. We are also encouraging any sites who are able to connect with their Population of Focus to consider incorporating simple evaluation questions to find out what impact their virtual activities are having. If you need assistance with this or have any questions about the local evaluation or MWBI, please contact your USF Site Liaison.

 The Making Connections Evaluation emphasizes   theory-driven evaluation , which promotes development of shared vision, clear linking of strategies to intended outcomes, and a commitment to using data to inform decision making at all stages and levels of implementation.
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