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Evaluation and Program Planning

Jonas Vestergaard Nielsen, Heidi Klakk, Anna Bugge, Marianne Løgtholt Andreasen, Thomas Skovgaard
Schools constitute an important arena for promoting physical activity. However, school-based programmes often face implementation challenges, and the identification of factors influencing the implementation process is considered important in order to secure the effectiveness of future interventions. The aim of this study was to identify factors influencing the various implementation stages during the initial years of a programme tripling the amount of physical education at the primary school level. Document analysis of publicly available programme descriptions and meeting minutes, were conducted...
June 19, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Karine Legrand, Laetitia Minary, Serge Briançon
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to describe the practices of health promotion professionals when evaluating interventions and their transferability and to identify these professionals' needs in relation to a tool that will guide them during monitoring and evaluation. METHOD: A survey was carried out among health promotion actors, which focussed on the interventions they had carried out. RESULTS: Of the 1017 organisations (covering the whole of France) approached, 246 responded to the survey...
June 18, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Marie-Therese Schultes, Marlene Kollmayer, Mathias Mejeh, Christiane Spiel
Positive attitudes toward evaluation among stakeholders are an important precondition for successful evaluation processes. However, empirical studies focusing on stakeholders' attitudes toward evaluation are scarce. The present paper explores the approach of assessing social representations as indicators of people's attitudes toward evaluation. In an exploratory study, two groups were surveyed: University students (n = 60) with rather theoretical knowledge of evaluation and stakeholders (n = 61) who had shortly before taken part in participatory evaluation studies...
June 15, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Anneleen E M Kraan, Boukje A G Dijkstra, Wiebren Markus
OBJECTIVE: Treatment model adherence is an important predictor of treatment outcome. In clinical practice evidence-based treatments are delivered in widely varying degrees. This study examines which Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) procedures are delivered by addiction care therapists and how this is associated with therapist characteristics. METHOD: The study integrated two observational designs. Firstly, using a prospective design, 24 therapists registered every CRA procedure delivered during every patient contact over a six month period...
June 4, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Jonas Vestergaard Nielsen, Thomas Skovgaard, Thomas Viskum Gjelstrup Bredahl, Anna Bugge, Niels Wedderkopp, Heidi Klakk
Documenting the implementation of effective real-world programmes is considered an important step to support the translation of evidence into practice. Thus, the aim of this study was to identify factors influencing the adoption, implementation and maintenance of the Svendborgproject (SP) - an effective real-world programme comprising schools to implement triple the amount of physical education (PE) in pre-school to sixth grade in six primary schools in the municipality of Svendborg, Denmark. SP has been maintained for ten years and scaled up to all municipal schools since it was initiated in 2008...
June 1, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Leigh-Ann Onnis, Helen Klieve, Komla Tsey
Policy decisions are based on evidence that demonstrates the effectiveness of interventions; however, the quantity and type of evidence that is needed to demonstrate the effectiveness of an intervention is not universally agreed upon. The aim of this study was to collaborate with researchers who have not been involved directly in Family Wellbeing interventions to lead a review of characteristics of the Family Wellbeing intervention evaluation output to date, and to assess for evidence of the FWB intervention's impact on participants and their communities...
May 31, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Melanie Ward, Amy J Schulz, Barbara A Israel, Kristina Rice, Sheena E Martenies, Evan Markarian
Community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches present strong opportunities to promote health equity by improving health within low-income communities and communities of color. CBPR principles and evaluation frameworks highlight an emphasis on equitable group dynamics (e.g., shared leadership and power, participatory decision-making, two-way open communication) that promote both equitable processes within partnerships and health equity in the communities with whom they engage. The development of an evaluation framework that describes the manner in which equitable group dynamics promote intermediate and long-term equity outcomes can aid partners in assessing their ability to work together effectively and improve health equity in the broader community...
April 30, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Katherine G Merrill, Jamison C Merrill, Rebecca B Hershow, Chris Barkley, Boitumelo Rakosa, Jeff DeCelles, Abigail Harrison
Grassroot Soccer developed SKILLZ Street-a soccer-based life skills program with a supplementary SMS platform-to support adolescent girls at risk for HIV, violence, and sexual and reproductive health challenges. We conducted a mixed-methods assessment of preliminary outcomes and implementation processes in three primary schools in Soweto, South Africa, from August to December 2013. Quantitative methods included participant attendance and SMS platform usage tracking, pre/post questionnaires, and structured observation...
April 30, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Adrienne V Levay, Gwen E Chapman, Barbara Seed, Hannah Wittman
School food environments are the target of nutrition interventions and evaluations across the globe. Yet little work to-date has articulated the importance of developing a theory of change upon which to base evaluation of both implementation and outcomes. This paper undertakes an interpretive approach to develop a retrospective theory of change for an implementation evaluation of British Columbia's school food and beverage sales Guidelines. This study contributes broadly to a nuanced conceptualization of this type of public health intervention and provides a methodological contribution on how to develop a retrospective theory of change with implications for effective evaluation...
April 30, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Alok Srivastava
A set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 are to be implemented and achieved in every country from the year 2016 to 2030. In Indian context, all these goals are very relevant and critical, as India missed the target on many components of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The author strongly feels that one of the key reasons was lack of an in-built robust system for measuring the progress and achievements of MDGs. Monitoring and Evaluation of programmes and schemes, aiming at different SDGs, in a robust and regular manner is therefore need of the hour...
August 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Gro Holst Volden
Infrastructure projects in developed countries are rarely evaluated ex-post. Despite their number and scope, our knowledge about their various impacts is surprisingly limited. The paper argues that such projects must be assessed in a broad perspective that includes both operational, tactical and strategic aspects, and unintended as well as intended effects. A generic six-criteria evaluation framework is suggested, inspired by a framework frequently used to evaluate development assistance projects. It is tested on 20 Norwegian projects from various sectors (transport, defence, ICT, buildings)...
August 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Belén Marco-Crespo, Sharon Casapulla, Claudia Nieto-Sanchez, J Guillermo Gómez Urrego, Mario J Grijalva
This qualitative study engaged a group of young people in participatory research and evaluation activities in order to study to what extent engaging youth in health interventions can inform research and evaluation processes. We applied a youth participatory research and evaluation approach (PRE) to inform research and evaluation on the impact of a Chagas disease control program in southern Ecuador. Our main interest was to examine the methodological contributions of PRE to knowledge sharing for health intervention planning in the context of global health and neglected tropical diseases...
August 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Molly Brown, Lauren Klebek, Gia Chodzen, Samantha Scartozzi, Camilla Cummings, Alejandro Raskind
The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) was a federally-funded program in the United States that provided short-term financial and support services to individuals and families who were at-risk or currently experiencing homelessness. There is limited research on factors that predict placement in permanent housing following prevention and rapid rehousing interventions, particularly for single adult populations. The present study examined demographic and program-related predictors of permanent housing upon program exit among two groups of adults enrolled in HPRP in Indianapolis, IN: Homelessness Prevention (HP) recipients (n = 219) and Rapid Re-housing (RRH) recipients (n = 296)...
August 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Glenn O'Neil, Martin W Bauer
This article presents a study on the pathways and processes regarding the use of evaluation findings of communication campaigns from two international organizations, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Several years after the completion of the campaigns and their evaluations, our research identified 28 instances of use and six instances of non-use of the evaluation results, of which the large majority being surprising in nature...
August 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Courtney Vengrin, Donna Westfall-Rudd, Thomas Archibald, Rick Rudd, Kusum Singh
While research has been done on many aspects of evaluation within a variety of contexts and organizations, there is a lack of research surrounding the culture of evaluation. This study set out to examine this evaluative culture in one of the world's largest non-formal educational organizations through the use of an online survey and quantitative methodology. A path model was developed to examine the factors affecting evaluation culture. Results show perception regarding evaluation, program area, college major, location, training in evaluation, degree level, and years of experience explained 28% of the variance within evaluation culture...
August 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Jennifer Taylor, Gretchen Forsell, Elyse Perweiler, Mary Sienkiewicz
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August 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Rohan D Jeremiah, Camille R Quinn, Jicinta M Alexis
To date, there have been a plethora of punitive and diversion programs to address domestic violence around the world. However, the evaluative scholarship of such programs overwhelmingly reflects studies in developed countries while barely showcasing the realities of addressing domestic violence in developing countries. This paper features a multi-year (2008-2011) evaluation study that measured the fidelity of the United Nations Partnership for Peace (PfP) domestic violence diversion program in the Eastern Caribbean country of Grenada...
August 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Frances Lawrenz, Elizabeth Kunz Kollmann, Jean A King, Marjorie Bequette, Scott Pattison, Amy Grack Nelson, Sarah Cohn, Christopher L B Cardiel, Stephanie Iacovelli, Gayra Ostgaard Eliou, Juli Goss, Lauren Causey, Anne Sinkey, Marta Beyer, Melanie Francisco
This study provides results from an NSF funded, four year, case study about evaluation capacity building in a complex adaptive system, the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net). The results of the Complex Adaptive Systems as a Model for Network Evaluations (CASNET) project indicate that complex adaptive system concepts help to explain evaluation capacity building in a network. The NISE Network was found to be a complex learning system that was supportive of evaluation capacity building through feedback loops that provided for information sharing and interaction...
August 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Tatiana Kossova, Elena Kossova, Maria Sheluntcova
In this paper, we consider anti-smoking policy in Russia and the socioeconomic factors that influence an individual's decision to smoke. Among various factors, we investigate the individual time preferences of Russians. To estimate individual time preferences, we use an experiment in which survey respondents are given hypothetical money prizes. We find that being middle-aged, being unmarried and having parents who smoke are positively correlated with both men and women's likelihood of taking up smoking in Russia...
August 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Matthew Lee Smith, Nicholas K Durrett, Ellen C Schneider, Imani N Byers, Tiffany E Shubert, Ashley D Wilson, Samuel D Towne, Marcia G Ory
With 1-in-4 older adults suffering a fall each year, fall prevention efforts have emerged as a public health priority. Multi-level, evidence-based fall prevention programs have been promoted by the CDC and other government agencies. To ensure participants and communities receive programs' intended benefits, organizations must repeatedly deliver the programs over time and plan for program sustainability as part of 'scaling up' the initiative. The State Falls Prevention Project (SFPP) began in 2011 when the CDC provided 5 years of funding to State Departments of Health in Colorado, New York, and Oregon to simultaneously implement four fall prevention strategies: 1) Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance; 2) Stepping On; 3) Otago Exercise Program; and 4) STEADI (STopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) toolkit...
June 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
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