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Evaluation and Program Planning

O O Alawode, I B Oluwatayo
This paper is focussed on the analysis of development outcomes of Fadama III programme among fish farmers in Nigeria with evidence from Lagos state. Random sampling technique was used to select 141 fish farmers from the Fadama III participants and non-participants from three agricultural divisions. Data were collected through structured questionnaire and analysed using descriptive statistics. While propensity score matching approach was employed to estimate the Average Treatment Effect on the Treated (ATT) using productivity level as an outcome, double-difference approach and Gini coefficient were used to estimate the project's impact on the income of the beneficiaries...
April 3, 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
Leigh-Ann Onnis, Marcia Hakendorf, Mark Diamond, Komla Tsey
Health systems are known for being complex. Yet, there is a paucity of evidence about programs that successfully develop competent frontline managers to navigate these complex systems. There is even less evidence about developing frontline managers in areas of contextual complexity such as geographically remote and isolated health services. This study used a customised management development program containing continuous quality improvement (CQI) approaches to determine whether additional levels of evaluation could provide evidence for program impact...
April 2, 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
Joanna Schwarzman, Adrian Bauman, Belinda J Gabbe, Chris Rissel, Trevor Shilton, Ben J Smith
The demand for improved quality of health promotion evaluation and greater capacity to undertake evaluation is growing, yet evidence of the challenges and facilitators to evaluation practice within the health promotion field is lacking. A limited number of evaluation capacity measurement instruments have been validated in government or non-government organisations (NGO), however there is no instrument designed for health promotion organisations. This study aimed to develop and validate an Evaluation Practice Analysis Survey (EPAS) to examine evaluation practices in health promotion organisations...
March 22, 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
Julian Hasford, Geoffrey Nelson, S Kathleen Worton, Eric Macnaughton, Tim MacLeod, Myra Piat, Sam Tsemberis, Vicky Stergiopoulos, Jino Distasio, Tim Aubry, Paula Goering
We examined communities' expressed needs for capacity building in the implementation of Housing First (HF) for persons experiencing homelessness. The findings are based on thematic analyses of qualitative data obtained from participants (n = 77) in 11 focus groups conducted in seven Canadian cities. We identified capacity building needs in the areas of training (e.g., HF principles, clinical services, landlord engagement) and technical assistance (e.g., intake coordination, client prioritization, fidelity assessment)...
March 19, 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
Karen Peterman, M J Gathings
Multisite evaluation has been cited as a strategy for building knowledge about a program's success and enhancing evaluation capacity and evaluation use. Even so, the extent to which data from these efforts are made available to individual project participants varies. This article describes a community-created multisite evaluation that was designed to overcome this limitation. Based on the negotiated centralized evaluation model and implemented within the context of a community of practice, the EvalFest community-created multisite evaluation has used shared measures to collect data from 30,000 participants from partner sites across the community over three years...
February 27, 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
Huang Wu, Jianping Shen, Jeffrey Jones, Xingyuan Gao, Yunzheng Zheng, Huilan Y Krenn
Portfolio evaluation is the evaluation of multiple projects with a common purpose. While logic models have been used in many ways to support evaluation, and data visualization has been used widely to present and communicate evaluation findings, adopting logic models for portfolio evaluation and using data visualization to share findings simultaneously is surprisingly limited in the literature. With the data from a sample portfolio of 209 projects which aims to improve the system of early care and education (ECE), this study illustrated how to use logic model and data visualization techniques to conduct a portfolio evaluation by answering two evaluation questions: "To what extent are the elements of a logic model (strategies, sub-strategies, activities, outcomes, and impacts) reflected in the sample portfolio?" and "Which dominant paths through the logic model were illuminated by the data visualization technique?" For the first question, the visualization technique illuminated several dominant strategies, sub-strategies, activities, and outcomes...
February 26, 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
Kristin A Schuller, Cory E Cronin, Shannon E Nicks, Xia Jing, Caroline Kingori, Michele Morrone
Rural areas are underserved in terms of the availability of and access to health care services. According to Healthy People 2020, access to health care continues to be the most frequently identified rural health priority in the United States. PURPOSE: The purpose was to develop an efficient approach for standardizing and prioritizing strategies to improve access to health care in rural areas across the United States. The rubric provides a quantitative metric of the effectiveness of each strategy in terms of impact and feasibility and allows community health departments and other access to care groups to compare strategies and facilitate discussion of various strategies' ability to meet the needs of diverse communities...
February 26, 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
Emma Haynes, Minitja Marawili, Brendan Makungun Marika, Alice G Mitchell, Jodi Phillips, Dawn Bessarab, Roz Walker, Jeff Cook, Anna P Ralph
Strategies to date have been ineffective in reducing high rates of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Australian Aboriginal people; a disease caused by streptococcal infections. A remote Aboriginal community initiated a collaboration to work towards elimination of RHD. Based in 'both-way learning' (reciprocal knowledge co-creation), the aim of this study was to co-design, implement and evaluate community-based participatory action research (CBPAR) to achieve this vision. Activities related to understanding and addressing RHD social determinants were delivered through an accredited course adapted to meet learner and project needs...
February 18, 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
Gilda Zacarías, Teresa Shamah-Levy, Elizabeth Elton-Puente, Pamela Garbus, Olga P García
In Mexico, data from the last National Health and Nutrition Survey (2016) described the increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in school-aged children (33.2%). Obesity prevention strategies have not been effective, and currently, Mexico has one of the highest prevalence of childhood obesity. Thus, there is an urgent need to develop strategies that can prevent childhood obesity and also to avoid these children to remain overweight/obese through adulthood. The objective of this study was to provide a step-by-step description of the design, implementation and evaluation of an intervention plan for Mexican mothers of school aged children to promote healthy eating and to prevent childhood obesity...
February 18, 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
Megan McCool-Myers
With the growing number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among young people (15-24) in the US, condom distribution programs (CDP) remain an integral part of prevention strategies. The objective of the study was to gather qualitative insights from CDP planners to inform effective CDP implementation. Ten semi-structured interviews with program planners were conducted via telephone (response rate of 58.8%). Condom distribution channels included site-based distribution (n = 6), web-based distribution (n = 4), and distribution via Uber (n = 1)...
February 13, 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
Hyunsook Shin, Suk Jeong Lee, Yu-Nah Lee, Soonyoung Shon
Despite over 10 years of support from government health programs and health organizations, children in migrant villages in Kyrgyzstan remain a public concern owing to high incidence rates of preventable diseases such as anemia. An effective community health promotion program is needed but there is a lack of knowledge of community barriers and health factors affecting children's health in these migrant villages. The purpose of this study was to conduct a community health needs assessment to develop strategies for a child health promotion program in these migrant villages...
February 11, 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
Travis Moore, Lori L Bakken, Bakari Wallace
Evaluators often neglect to question whether a program has been appropriately designed for a new context prior to a feasibility study's commencement. In this paper, we document the results of a case study that closely examined context when determining the feasibility of implementing a FoodShare outreach program in rural northern Wisconsin. Using community-based participatory mixed methods, we examine how stakeholder engagement led to both study refinement and a more comprehensive understanding of community food security based on contextual factors and systems thinking...
February 6, 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
Whitney R Garney, Kelly Wilson, Jordan L Nelon, Christi Hays, Kristen M Garcia, Daenuka Muraleetharan, Jennifer Farmer, Kenneth McLeroy
INTRODUCTION: A need for innovative public health programs is evident as the field adapts to address changes in health priorities and target populations. The Innovative Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (iTP3 ) was created to support and enable innovation in teenage pregnancy prevention, developing programs to reach the most at risk youth. METHODS: A formative evaluation was conducted to understand what innovation means in the context of program development, and examine the process of innovation...
February 4, 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
Ethan T Hunt, Michelle L Whitfield, Keith Brazendale, Michael W Beets, R Glenn Weaver
This study examined the impact of an existing 7-week summer learning program on children's weight status and cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF). METHODS: Using an observational repeated measures within-subjects design, children's (N = 20 mean age = 6.35; 45% female; 80% African American) height, weight, and CRF (i.e., Fitnessgram PACER), were measured during the first and final week of the seven week program. Descriptive statistics were calculated for all variables. Median regression analysis examined estimated the differences in BMI zscore, overweight and obesity prevalence, and CRF during the first week (baseline) compared to the final week (outcome)...
June 2019: 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...
April 2019: 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
Gideon Baffoe
It is commonly known that most development projects, especially in the global south, tend to achieve unintended results or fail because of lack of due diligence. Project satisfaction and sustainability would only be achieved if consistent with the actual needs of the people intended to benefit. Based on field experiences in the Fantekwa District of Eastern Ghana, this study aims to explore the utility of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) in prioritizing livelihood activities to aid in effective and sustainable poverty reduction interventions in developing countries...
February 2019: Evaluation and Program Planning
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