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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197222/development-and-implementation-of-a-community-health-survey-for-public-health-accreditation-case-study-from-a-rural-county-in-california
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Kevin Kwan, Van Do-Reynoso, Gilda Zarate-Gonzalez, Sidra Goldman-Mellor
OBJECTIVE: To describe the planning, development, pilot testing, fielding, and outcomes of a community health survey in a rural California county pursuing public health accreditation. DESIGN: Community partners helped the local health department develop the community health survey. Extensive English- and Spanish-language pilot testing was conducted over a period of four months. Final survey fielding was conducted online and at 20 community sites. RESULTS: 2189 completed surveys were collected...
November 26, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197716/understanding-organization-transformation-in-evaluation-and-program-planning
#2
Robert L Schalock, Miguel Angel Verdugo, Jos van Loon
Organization transformation is an increasingly important concept and process in human service organizations as they adapt to rapidly changing challenges and opportunities to enhance their effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability. This article describes a four-component organization transformation model that incorporates transformation pillars, transformation strategies, organization capacity, and organization outputs and outcomes. The article includes examples of the model's use, and concludes with a discussion of valuable lessons learned to date...
November 24, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174951/vocational-training-and-employability-evaluation-evidence-from-romania
#3
Madalina Ecaterina Popescu, Monica Roman
This study evaluates the direct effects of vocational training, which is a popular active labour market policy in a European developing country such as Romania. Since the available official statistical microdata were insufficient to conduct reliable impact evaluations, the main findings were obtained through a counterfactual impact evaluation using newly produced micro survey data. Moreover, the research provides a heterogeneity analysis of groups of trainees, in order to identify the categories for which the programme performs best...
November 20, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174950/a-formative-evaluation-of-a-coach-based-technical-assistance-model-for-youth-and-family-focused-programming
#4
Jonathan R Olson, Kimberly J McCarthy, Daniel F Perkins, Lynne M Borden
BACKGROUND: The Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk (CYFAR) initiative provides funding and technical support for local community-based programs designed to promote positive outcomes among vulnerable populations. In 2013, CYFAR implemented significant changes in the way it provides technical assistance (TA) to grantees. These changes included introducing a new TA model in which trained coaches provide proactive support that is tailored to individual CYFAR projects. The purpose of this paper is to describe the evolution of this TA model and present preliminary findings from a formative evaluation...
November 20, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125962/retrospective-evaluation-of-project-envision-a-community-mobilization-pilot-program-to-prevent-sexual-violence-in-new-york-city
#5
Lily Glenn, Laura Fidler, Meghan O'Connor, Mary Haviland, Deborah Fry, Tamara Pollak, Victoria Frye
Sexual violence is a public health problem associated with short- and long-term physical and mental health consequences. Most interventions that aim to prevent sexual violence before it occurs target individual-level change or promote bystander training. Community-level interventions, while increasingly recommended in the sexual violence prevention field, are rarely documented in peer-reviewed literature. This paper is a targeted process evaluation of Project Envision, a 6-year pilot initiative to address social norms at the root of sexual violence through coalition building and community mobilization in three New York City neighborhoods, and reflects the perspectives of those charged with designing and implementing the program...
November 2, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156312/identifying-health-conditions-priorities-and-relevant-multilevel-health-promotion-intervention-strategies-in-african-american-churches-a-faith-community-health-needs-assessment
#6
Jannette Berkley-Patton, Carole Bowe Thompson, Andrea Bradley-Ewing, Marcie Berman, Alexandria Bauer, Delwyn Catley, Kathy Goggin, Eric Williams, Cassandra Wainright, Therese Petty, Natasha Aduloju-Ajijola
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October 31, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091790/evaluating-firms-r-d-performance-using-best-worst-method
#7
Negin Salimi, Jafar Rezaei
Since research and development (R&D) is the most critical determinant of the productivity, growth and competitive advantage of firms, measuring R&D performance has become the core of attention of R&D managers, and an extensive body of literature has examined and identified different R&D measurements and determinants of R&D performance. However, measuring R&D performance and assigning the same level of importance to different R&D measures, which is the common approach in existing studies, can oversimplify the R&D measuring process, which may result in misinterpretation of the performance and consequently fallacy R&D strategies...
October 19, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091785/use-of-most-significant-change-msc-technique-to-evaluate-health-promotion-training-of-maternal-community-health-workers-in-cianjur-district-indonesia
#8
Ralalicia Limato, Rukhsana Ahmed, Amelia Magdalena, Sudirman Nasir, Fiona Kotvojs
Maternal health promotion is a defined activity in the community integrated posts (Posyandu) in Indonesia. However, it is often neglected due to limited knowledge and skills of the community health workers (kader). We conducted health promotion training for the kader and village midwives in four villages in Cianjur district. This study describes the use of "most significant change" (MSC) technique to evaluate impact of health promotion to the beneficiaries and community at large. The MSC uses stories as raw data...
October 19, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091789/a-systematic-scoping-review-of-parental-satisfaction-with-child-protection-services
#9
Clare Tilbury, Sylvia Ramsay
Obtaining parent views on child protection services is an essential part of evaluating service quality and effectiveness. It also promotes the principles of listening to parents and involving them in decision-making. The present review analysed published research that investigated parental perspectives on the child protection services they received. It identified 52 studies published between 2000 and 2016 on parent satisfaction. Most used qualitative methods, and eight standardised survey instruments were used in quantitative studies...
October 16, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132065/common-components-analysis-an-adapted-approach-for-evaluating-programs
#10
Nicole R Morgan, Kelly D Davis, Cameron Richardson, Daniel F Perkins
Common Components Analysis (CCA) summarizes the results of program evaluations that utilize randomized control trials and have demonstrated effectiveness in improving their intended outcome(s) into their key elements. This area of research has integrated and modified the existing CCA approach to provide a means of evaluating components of programs without a solid evidence-base, across a variety of target outcomes. This adapted CCA approach (a) captures a variety of similar program characteristics to increase the quality of the comparison within components; (b) identifies components from four primary areas (i...
October 12, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055262/emergency-residential-care-settings-a-model-for-service-assessment-and-design
#11
João Graça, Maria Manuela Calheiros, Joana Nunes Patrício, Eunice Vieira Magalhães
There have been calls for uncovering the "black box" of residential care services, with a particular need for research focusing on emergency care settings for children and youth in danger. In fact, the strikingly scant empirical attention that these settings have received so far contrasts with the role that they often play as gateway into the child welfare system. To answer these calls, this work presents and tests a framework for assessing a service model in residential emergency care. It comprises seven studies which address a set of different focal areas (e...
October 12, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053983/conceptualizing-trust-in-community-academic-research-partnerships-using-concept-mapping-approach-a-multi-ctsa-study
#12
Gaurav Dave, Leah Frerichs, Jennifer Jones, Mimi Kim, Jennifer Schaal, Stefanie Vassar, Deepthi Varma, Catherine Striley, Corrine Ruktanonchai, Adina Black, Jennifer Hankins, Nakita Lovelady, Crystal Cene, Melissa Green, Tiffany Young, Shristi Tiwari, Ann Cheney, Linda Cottler, Greer Sullivan, Arleen Brown, Jessica Burke, Giselle Corbie-Smith
OBJECTIVES: Collaborations between communities, healthcare practices and academic institutions are a strategy to address health disparities. Trust is critical in the development and maintaining of effective collaborations. The aim of this pilot study was to engage stakeholders in defining determinants of trust in community academic research partnerships and to develop a framework for measuring trust. METHODS: The study was conducted by five collaborating National Institute of Health' Clinical and Translational Sciences Awardees...
October 12, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049917/response-to-culturally-competent-drug-treatment-among-homeless-persons-with-different-living-arrangements
#13
Erick G Guerrero, Ahyoung Song, Benjamin Henwood, Yinfei Kong, Tina Kim
This study investigated the association between program cultural competence and homeless individuals' drug use after treatment in Los Angeles County, California. Los Angeles County has the largest and most diverse population of homeless individuals in the nation. We randomly selected for analysis 52 drug-treatment programs and 2158 participants who identified as homeless in the Los Angeles County Participant Reporting System in 2011. We included their living arrangements (indoors and stable, indoors and unstable, and outdoors) and individual and program characteristics (particularly whether their programs used six culturally competent practices) in multilevel regression analyses...
October 12, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029803/introduction-to-the-special-issue-unintended-effects-of-international-cooperation
#14
Dirk-Jan Koch, Lau Schulpen
The 'Evaluation and Program Planning' journal has contributed to the launch of an academic discussion of unintended effects of international cooperation, notably by publishing in 2016 articles by Bamberger, Tarsilla, & Hesse-Biber and by Jabeen. This special issue aims to take up the academic challenges as laid down by those authors, by providing among others a clear typology and applying it, by outlining various methodological options and testing them, and elaborating on suggestions on how to deal with the barriers that prevent unintended effects being taken into account...
October 6, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091788/trying-to-bridge-the-worlds-of-home-visitation-and-child-welfare-lessons-learned-from-a-formative-evaluation
#15
Mary Jo Stahlschmidt, Melissa Jonson-Reid, Laura Pons, John Constantino, Patricia L Kohl, Brett Drake, Wendy Auslander
Young children in families contacting the child welfare system are at high risk of recurrent maltreatment and poor developmental outcomes. Home visitation programs to support parenting may offer hope as a preventive resource but these programs are rarely linked with child welfare. This article describes findings from a formative evaluation of a program designed to connect child welfare-involved families to an existing evidence-supported home visitation program. The program, Early Childhood Connections (ECC), was developed by a field-university partnership including leaders from a public state child welfare system, regional early childhood education systems, and several local agencies providing family support services...
October 5, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031190/basic-actions-to-reduce-dropout-rates-in-distance-learning
#16
Pablo Gregori, Vicente Martínez, Julio José Moyano-Fernández
Today's society, which is strongly based on knowledge and interaction with information, has a key component in technological innovation, a fundamental tool for the development of the current teaching methodologies. Nowadays, there are a lot of online resources, such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and distance learning courses. One aspect that is common to all of these is a high dropout rate: about 90% in MOOCs and 50% in the courses of the Spanish National Distance Education University, among other examples...
October 5, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024835/managed-access-technology-to-combat-contraband-cell-phones-in-prison-findings-from-a-process-evaluation
#17
Eric Grommon
Cell phones in correctional facilities have emerged as one of the most pervasive forms of modern contraband. This issue has been identified as a top priority for many correctional administrators in the United States. Managed access, a technology that utilizes cellular signals to capture transmissions from contraband phones, has received notable attention as a promising tool to combat this problem. However, this technology has received little evaluative attention. The present study offers a foundational process evaluation and draws upon output measures and stakeholder interviews to identify salient operational challenges and subsequent lessons learned about implementing and maintaining a managed access system...
October 5, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053984/ecological-content-validation-of-the-information-assessment-method-for-parents-iam-parent-a-mixed-methods-study
#18
M Bujold, R El Sherif, P L Bush, J Johnson-Lafleur, G Doray, P Pluye
This mixed methods study content validated the Information Assessment Method for parents (IAM-parent) that allows users to systematically rate and comment on online parenting information. Quantitative data and results: 22,407 IAM ratings were collected; of the initial 32 items, descriptive statistics showed that 10 had low relevance. Qualitative data and results: IAM-based comments were collected, and 20 IAM users were interviewed (maximum variation sample); the qualitative data analysis assessed the representativeness of IAM items, and identified items with problematic wording...
October 4, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091787/monitoring-and-evaluation-of-strategic-change-programme-implementation-lessons-from-a-case-analysis
#19
Jan Neumann, Andrew Robson, Diane Sloan
This study considered the monitoring and evaluation of a large-scale and domestic and global strategic change programme implementation. It considers the necessary prerequisites to overcome challenges and barriers that prevent systematic and effective monitoring and evaluation to take place alongside its operationalisation. The work involves a case study based on a major industrial company from the energy sector. The change programme makes particular reference to changes in business models, business processes, organisation structures as well as Enterprise Resource Planning infrastructure...
October 3, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091786/using-the-transformative-paradigm-to-conduct-a-mixed-methods-needs-assessment-of-a-marginalized-community-methodological-lessons-and-implications
#20
Karen Moran Jackson, Suzy Pukys, Andrene Castro, Lorna Hermosura, Joanna Mendez, Shetal Vohra-Gupta, Yolanda Padilla, Gabriela Morales
We explore opportunities as well as challenges associated with conducting a mixed methods needs assessment using a transformative paradigm. The transformative paradigm is a research framework that centers the experiences of marginalized communities, includes analysis of power differentials that have led to marginalization, and links research findings to actions intended to mitigate disparities. We argue that a community needs assessment is a natural fit for the use of a transformative framework, serving as an entry-point for the development of responsive programmatic and funding decisions...
October 3, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
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