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Evaluation and Program Planning

Stephanie A Spohr, Faye S Taxman, Scott T Walters
The criminal justice system tends to emphasize external contingencies (e.g., fees, jail time) to motivate offender compliance. However, people's reasons for desistance vary considerably. This study evaluated the acceptability, utility, and predictive validity of questions that ask about people's reasons for wanting to successfully complete probation. Substance-using probationers (N=113) participated in a web-based computer intervention that targeted substance use and treatment initiation. Questions around seven dimensions of reasons for completing probation were developed to provide tailored feedback during the web-based program...
January 6, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
Van Dinh Tran, Jonine Jancey, Andy Lee, Anthony James, Peter Howat, Le Thi Phuong Mai
INTRODUCTION: The Vietnam Physical Activity and Nutrition (VPAN) program aimed to improve physical activity and nutrition for adults aged 50-65 years with Metabolic Syndrome in Vietnam. The VPAN program consisted of a range of resources and strategies, including an information booklet, resistance band, face-to-face education sessions, and walking groups. This process evaluation assessed the participation, fidelity, satisfaction, and reasons for completing and not-completing the VPAN. METHODS: Data were collected by mixed-methods from a sample of 214 intervention participants...
December 29, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
Collin A Webster, Nicole Zarrett, Brittany S Cook, Cate Egan, Danielle Nesbitt, R Glenn Weaver
Movement integration (MI), which involves infusing physical activity (PA) into regular classroom time in schools, is widely recommended to help children meet the national guideline of 60min of PA each day. Understanding the perspective of elementary classroom teachers (ECTs) toward MI is critical to program planning for interventions/professional development. This study examined the MI perceptions of ECTs in order to inform the design and implementation of a school-based pilot program that focused in part on increasing children's PA through MI...
December 24, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
May Britt Bjerke, Ralph Renger
This article challenges the conventional wisdom in mainstream evaluation regarding the process for developing specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) objectives. The article notes several advantages of mainstreaming the SMART method including program capacity building and being able to independently monitor progress toward process and outcome objectives. It is argued the one size fits all approach for writing SMART objectives is misleading. The context in which the evaluation is conducted is a key deciding factor in how and when the SMART criteria should be applied...
December 23, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
Kate Cooney
The following critical essay on the social return on investment (SROI) methodology is broken into two parts. In the first section, focusing on the categorization dynamics of the SROI, I review a set of methodological and ethical tensions surrounding the SROI, using examples from my own work and other published works using SROI. These tensions include the fact that the project requires standardization to achieve comparability while concurrently offering a flexibility in constructing a narrative of impact that is attractive to users...
December 19, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
Gary Udouj, Kenda Grover, Greg Belcher, Kit Kacirek
This study was designed to identify the degree to which the directors of adult basic education programs perceive they have program quality support, as evidenced by a well-defined mission and role in the community, a management system, human resources management, and a suitable learning environment. NSCALL's Evidence-based program self-assessment (2006) was modified and administered electronically to administrators of adult education programs in a mid-southern state. Findings indicated that most directors perceive they are implementing the indicators of program quality support in all of the areas surveyed...
December 13, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
Florence K L Tangka, Sujha Subramanian, Sonja Hoover, Janet Royalty, Kristy Joseph, Amy DeGroff, Djenaba Joseph, Sajal Chattopadhyay
The Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) provided funding to 29 grantees to increase colorectal cancer screening. We describe the screening promotion costs of CRCCP grantees to evaluate the extent to which the program model resulted in the use of funding to support interventions recommended by the Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide). We analyzed expenditures for screening promotion for the first three years of the CRCCP to assess cost per promotion strategy, and estimated the cost per person screened at the state level based on various projected increases in screening rates...
December 12, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
Ashley J Lemieux, Laurence Roy, Michael S Martin, Eric A Latimer, Anne G Crocker
Individuals with mental illnesses who experience homelessness have frequent interactions with the criminal justice system. Correctly measuring this involvement is essential to develop and evaluate the efficacy of intervention programs. Criminal justice involvement is typically assessed through administrative records or self-reported accounts. The aims of this study are to: 1) assess agreement between self-report and administrative data related to court appearances, and 2) identify individual characteristics that affect discrepancies between sources...
December 10, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
Kathleen Clapham, Claire Manning, Kathryn Williams, Ginger O'Brien, Margaret Sutherland
: Despite clear evidence that learning and social opportunities for children with disabilities and special needs are more effective in inclusive not segregated settings, there are few known effective inclusion programs available to children with disabilities, their families or teachers in the early years within Australia. The Kids Together program was developed to support children with disabilities/additional needs aged 0-8 years attending mainstream early learning environments. Using a key worker transdisciplinary team model, the program aligns with the individualised package approach of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)...
December 9, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
David Fetterman, Abraham Wandersman
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December 8, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
Brian T Yates, Mita Marra
The conclusion of this special issue on Social Return On Investment (SROI) begins with a summary of both advantages and problems of SROI, many of which were identified in preceding articles. We also offer potential solutions for some of these problems that can be derived from standard evaluation practices and that are becoming expected in SROIs that follow guidances from international SROI networks. A remaining concern about SROI is that we do not yet know if SROI itself adds sufficient benefit to programs to justify its cost...
December 8, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
Corliss Bean, Meghan Harlow, Kelsey Kendellen
Youth leadership programming has become an increasingly common context to foster basic psychological needs and promote youth development. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore strategies involved in fostering youth needs support within six leadership programs. Two leaders and 30 youth participated in semi-structured interviews to better understand the strategies used to foster needs support. Findings revealed that leaders were able to foster a sense of relatedness among youth through building trusting adult-youth relationships and nurturing an inclusive environment...
December 7, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
Javier Ekboir, Genowefa Blundo Canto, Cristina Sette
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 5, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
Kathayoon Khalil, Nicole M Ardoin, Deborah Wojcik
The accessibility and ubiquity of zoos and aquariums-which reach over 700 million people worldwide annually-make them critical sites for science and environmental learning. Through educational offerings, these sites can generate excitement and curiosity about nature and motivate stewardship behavior, but only if their programs are high quality and meet the needs of their audiences. Evaluation is, therefore, critical: knowing what works, for whom, and under what conditions must be central to these organizations...
December 5, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, Meagan Cusack, Dorota Szymkowiak, Jamison Fargo, Thomas O'Toole
INTRODUCTION: Eviction from housing is associated with several negative outcomes, further exacerbated among high-need populations requiring financial and supportive services to maintain housing stability. This study investigated risk and protective factors-both characteristics and precipitating events of tenant eviction-informing permanent supportive housing (PSH) programs' efforts to identify tenants at risk and intervene. METHODS: Using administrative data for a cohort of 20,146 Veterans participating in PSH, this study assessed differences in Veterans who exited the program due to eviction and Veterans who exited because they accomplished their goals...
December 2, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
Stewart I Donaldson
The quest for credible and actionable evidence to improve decision making, foster improvement, enhance self-determination, and promote social betterment is now a global phenomenon. Evaluation theorists and practitioners alike have responded to and overcome the challenges that limited the effectiveness and usefulness of traditional evaluation approaches primarily focused on seeking rigorous scientific knowledge about social programs and policies. No modern evaluation approach has received a more robust welcome from stakeholders across the globe than empowerment evaluation...
November 30, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
Florence K L Tangka, Sujha Subramanian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 24, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
Mikel Zubizarreta, Jesús Cuadrado, Jon Iradi, Harkaitz García, Aimar Orbe
The innovativeness of the traditional construction sector, composed of construction companies or contractors, is not one of its strong points. Likewise, its poor productivity in comparison with other sectors, such as manufacturing, has historically been criticized. Similar features are found in the Spanish traditional construction sector, which it has been described as not very innovative. However, certain characteristics of the sector may explain this behavior; the companies invest in R+D less than in other sectors and release fewer patents, so traditional innovation evaluation indicators do not reflect the true extent of its innovative activity...
November 24, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
Stephen J Inrig, Robin T Higashi, Jasmin A Tiro, Keith E Argenbright, Simon J Craddock Lee
BACKGROUND: Despite federal funding for breast cancer screening, fragmented infrastructure and limited organizational capacity hinder access to the full continuum of breast cancer screening and clinical follow-up procedures among rural-residing women. We proposed a regional hub-and-spoke model, partnering with local providers to expand access across North Texas. We describe development and application of an iterative, mixed-method tool to assess county capacity to conduct community outreach and/or patient navigation in a partnership model...
November 23, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
Sean Stolp, Joan L Bottorff, Cherisse L Seaton, Margaret Jones-Bricker, John L Oliffe, Steven T Johnson, Sally Errey, Kerensa Medhurst, Sonia Lamont
The purpose of this scoping review was to identify promising factors that underpin effective health promotion collaborations, measurement approaches, and evaluation practices. Measurement approaches and evaluation practices employed in 14 English-language articles published between January 2001 and October 2015 were considered. Data extraction included research design, health focus of the collaboration, factors being evaluated, how factors were conceptualized and measured, and outcome measures. Studies were methodologically diverse employing either quantitative methods (n=9), mixed methods (n=4), or qualitative methods (n=1)...
November 22, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
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