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Evaluation and Program Planning

Martin Pelucha, Viktor Kveton, Oto Potluka
Public support of training in firms corresponds to the long-term importance of the quality of human capital in the competitiveness of firms and nations. Thus, the EU supports such training via the European Social Fund (ESF). The evaluation community evaluates the support by using either qualitative or quantitative methods. The simultaneous application of these two approaches is rare. The purpose of this paper is to combine quantitative (counterfactual impact evaluation) and qualitative (qualitative comparative analysis) methods in order to fill the methodological gap...
December 26, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Roberto Rodrigues Bandeira Tosta Maciel, Luciana Dias Chiavegato, Luz Stella Marin, Daniel Deivson Alves Portella, Marcio Costa de Souza, Fernanda Warken Rosa Camelier, Rosimeire Simprini Padula
BACKGROUND: e-Learning, a means by which to expand people's access to information can be effective in promoting health in the workplace. This study to present steps in the development of an e-health education program at the workplace. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to present all steps of develop a telehealth education program for computer users using formative research to identify themes to health education for workers. METHODS: A team of expert conducted focus groups with administrative workers (n = 36 participants) to identify thematic health to the development of program...
December 26, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Jean Marie Buregeya, Christine Loignon, Astrid Brousselle
While health equity is central to health impact assessment [HIA], in reality, less is known about potential impacts of equity-free HIA on social inequalities. We assessed equity-free HIA case in a small city east of Montreal, which took place in a context of urban revitalization. We applied a combination of a quantitative review of community characteristics with a qualitative descriptive approach based on in-depth semi-structured interviews and a focus group with multiple stakeholders to shed light on the pitfalls of equity-free HIA...
December 24, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
J Hamzeh, P Pluye, P L Bush, C Ruchon, I Vedel, C Hudon
Within the health sciences, organizational participatory research (OPR) is defined as a blend of research and action, in which academic researchers partner with health organization members. OPR is based on a sound partnership between all stakeholders to improve organizational practices. However, little research on the evaluation of OPR health partnership exists. This systematic mixed studies review sought to produce a new theoretical model that structures the evaluation of the OPR processes and related outcomes of OPR health partnerships...
December 11, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Robert Picciotto
The contemporary post-truth phenomenon is characterised by denial of facts and tolerance of politicians' lies. It has enhanced the appeal of authoritarian and nationalist leaders as a populist reaction to policy failures. While emerging market countries hugely benefited from globalization, the hourly wages of working people in high-income countries have stagnated while inequality has surged, and environmental stresses have escalated. Post-truth dispositions are distorting decision making in the public sphere and they have increased public distrust of knowledge professionals...
December 11, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Roxann McNeish, Khary K Rigg, Quynh Tran, Sharon Hodges
The popularity of community-based interventions has experienced a revival over the last two decades. The general theme behind this trend is that greater community involvement provides researchers and practitioners with culturally relevant information to make interventions successful. This involvement is usually solicited through the formation of community coalitions and advisory boards. Although the positive influence of community partnerships is well established, strategies for successfully developing and sustaining these partnerships are less clear...
December 10, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Bassey Ebenso, Ana Manzano, Benjamin Uzochukwu, Enyi Etiaba, Reinhard Huss, Tim Ensor, James Newell, Obinna Onwujekwe, Nkoli Ezumah, Joe Hicks, Tolib Mirzoev
Logic models (LMs) have been used in programme evaluation for over four decades. Current debate questions the ability of logic modelling techniques to incorporate contextual factors into logic models. We share experience of developing a logic model within an ongoing realist evaluation which assesses the extent to which, and under what circumstances a community health workers (CHW) programme promotes access to maternity services in Nigeria. The article contributes to logic modelling debate by: i) reflecting on how other scholars captured context during LM development in theory-driven evaluations; and ii) explaining how we explored context during logic model development for realist evaluation of the CHW programme in Nigeria...
December 7, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Jenita Parekh, Robert Blum, Valerie Caldas, Brooke Whitfield, Jacky M Jennings
PURPOSE: Explore factors affecting implementation of evidence based adolescent sexual/reproductive health programs, from the perspectives of program implementers. METHODS: In-depth interviews were conducted with 18 program implementers delivering six sexual/reproductive health programs in New Jersey. Programs were delivered among 2698 primarily African American and Hispanic adolescents in school and community-based settings. Interview transcripts were coded and analyzed iteratively for themes by trained experts...
December 6, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Julie Risien
Networks are a promising mechanism for creating systemic change. Studies abound, but do not examine roles and practices to reveal the processes through which networks create transformative capacity. This participatory single case study provides a framework to examine structures, roles and practices. The framework details common network substructures, across which critical practices occur, and provides a typology of specific network practices of curators and sojourners. The primary claim is that a variety of structures and interdependent roles and practices work in concert to support transformation across sites and scales...
December 4, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
James J Annesi
Inappropriately high weight in children is a persistent problem in the United States, and physical activity is often reduced in schools due to academic demands. Effective after-school programs could positively impact both physical activity and overweight/obesity, however previous reviews and meta-analyses have indicated minimal effects. Both 4- and 3-day/week versions of a social cognitive theory-driven physical activity/nutrition after-school program were evaluated against unstructured care to assess effects in children (overall Mage  = 10...
November 27, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Susan E Buriak, Candace L Ayars
Compliance with drug and alcohol regulations are required by 14 CFR Part 120/ and 49 CFR Part 40. These regulations affect approximately 7200 aviation-related companies and their associated services. Consequences for noncompliance can include loss of revenue from imposition of civil penalties, suspension, or revocation of the company's certificate to conduct business. Front End Analysis (FEA) was conducted to determine specific performance problems and provide five tailored educational interventions to address them...
November 22, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Marion Heyeres, Komla Tsey, Yinghong Yang, Li Yan, Hua Jiang
Despite the growing expectation that researchers report the impact of their research using a case study approach, systematic reviews of research impact have focused on frameworks, indicators, methods of data collection and assessment rather than impact case studies. Our aim is to provide an overview of the characteristics of published research impact case studies, including translation activities, and their reporting quality. We searched for peer-reviewed impact studies published between 2000 and 2018 using a case study approach and selected 25 suitable papers...
November 11, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Julie C Ruel-Bergeron, Kristen M Hurley, Yunhee Kang, Nancy Aburto, Arghanoon Farhikhtah, Alessandro Dinucci, Luca Molinas, Wu Lee Shu Fune, Maithilee Mitra, John Phuka, Rolf Klemm, Keith West, Parul Christian
Child stunting is a public health problem in Malawi. In 2014, the Government of Malawi launched the Right Foods at the Right Time (RFRT) program in Ntchisi district delivering nutrition social and behavior change communication, a small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplement to children 6-23 months, and nutrition sensitive activities. Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems are key aspects of successful program implementation. We describe these and the methodology for an impact evaluation that was conducted for this program...
November 11, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Duncan C Meyers, Celene E Domitrovich, Rawan Dissi, Jordan Trejo, Mark T Greenberg
A strong body of research indicates that evidence-based programs designed to promote social and emotional learning (SEL) can lead to positive developmental outcomes for children and youth. Although these evidence-based programs have demonstrated benefits for students, it is also well-established that programs must be implemented with quality and sustained to maximize positive outcomes. To support schools in implementing SEL that is integrated into all aspects of a school community, the CASEL School Guide implementation model was developed to guide school leadership teams in establishing a vision; selecting, implementing, and sustaining evidence-based programs; and integrating SEL schoolwide...
November 10, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Sheryl Kubiak, Daria Shamrova, Erin Comartin
This study explores the feasibility, acceptability, fidelity, and outcomes of a youth version of the Crisis Intervention Team training (CIT-Y). This intervention is designed to keep youth with a mental health problem out of the criminal/legal system by equipping police officers with developmentally appropriate information and techniques. Whereas much is known about the adult-focused CIT training, little is known about the youth-focused training. This preliminary investigation uses multiple methods (training observations, officer interviews, and pre/post-tests) to assesses the implementation of CIT-Y in two Midwest counties...
November 8, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Lauren Paluta, Michelle L Kaiser, Sarah Huber-Krum, Jack Wheeler
Healthy Corner Store Initiatives (HCSIs) are one food access strategy that aims to improve food environments by supporting local food stores in expanding their healthy offerings. This study presents the evaluation results from one such HCSI. Fresh Foods Here evaluated its network of eight stores in Columbus, Ohio between November 2013 and August 2014. Data from invoices, inventories, rapid market assessments, and customers surveys were analyzed for evidence of impact on the service delivery and personal domains of food access...
November 8, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Rebecca E Ford-Paz, Laurel Crown, Kathryn Lawton, Hayley Goldenthal, Gail Day, Claire A Coyne, Tara Gill, Ngozi Harris, Sheree Blakemore, Colleen Cicchetti
The well-documented disparities in availability, accessibility, and quality of behavioral health services suggest the need for innovative programs to address the needs of ethnic minority youth. The current study aimed to conduct a participatory, formative evaluation of "Working on Womanhood" (WOW), a community-developed, multifaceted, school-based intervention serving primarily ethnic minority girls living in underserved urban communities. Specifically, the current study aimed to examine the feasibility, acceptability, and initial promise of WOW using community-based participatory research (CBPR) and represented the third phase of a community-academic partnership...
February 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
Annette Meng, Vilhelm Borg, Thomas Clausen
Social capital in the workplace has been found to be associated with employee wellbeing and work engagement. Yet, evidence of effects of interventions to enhance the social capital are lacking. The intervention mapping method has been described as a useful tool for developing workplace interventions but it is very resource consuming. We aimed to develop an adapted version of the intervention mapping method which is more practically feasible to apply. To get insight into strengths and weaknesses of the adapted method, we applied it and conducted interviews with staff at six companies...
February 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
María Hortigüela Arroyo, Silvia Ubillos Landa
This paper presents the results of an evaluability assessment (EA) conducted in Spain. EAs are assessments that minimize the uncertainty and risk inherent in a subsequent evaluation (e.g. an impact or results assessment) that may require excessive resources. We designed our own EA model by combining three theoretical approaches, with a holistic and pedagogic vision of the process and a flexible methodology to enable adaptation to different programs and contexts, thus fostering transferability. The EA was carried using a qualitative methodology: documentary analysis, seven semi-structured interviews with stakeholders, eight direct observation sessions and a check-list for politicians and experts...
February 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
Ileana Palaco, Min Jae Park, Suk Kyoung Kim, Jae Jeung Rho
Although public-private partnerships (PPP) and electronic government (e-government) have proven to be fruitful mechanisms for economic development and emerging economies seem to recognize their importance, consistent methods for analyzing the early planning stages of e-government portfolios are lacking. The present work utilized a comprehensive literature review to understand the evaluation criteria for PPP projects throughout the early-stage planning process. A qualitative meta-synthesis was employed to identify critical factors for PPP and e-government, with a particular focus on developing countries, PPP, and e-government criteria...
February 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
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