Pourya Pourhejazy, K Robert Isaksen
Learning design has a multifaceted nature requiring a range of course- and institutional considerations. Analyzing the decision criteria's influence on research-based learning design helps understand the causes of the success/failure of the approach in achieving the teaching goals to improve the study programs. This study explores the interrelationship between the curricular and pedagogical criteria for research-based learning design decisions at the undergraduate level. For this purpose, the DEcision-MAking Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL) method is used to systematically analyze the decisive criteria and their causal relationships...
February 13, 2024: Evaluation and Program Planning
Isidro Maya Jariego, Andrés Muñoz Alvis, Daniel Villar Onrubia
In this study we use personal network analysis to examine the social relationships taking place throughout programme implementation. Previous literature on psychosocial intervention has used network analysis techniques to examine: (a) the interaction between participants, (b) the facilitators' link to the intervention target group, (c) the transfer of knowledge between experts and facilitators, and (d) the interaction of facilitators with each other. However, there has been little research on how facilitators connect with other figures in their organisational context, impacting both intervention fidelity and the fit of the programme to the local context...
February 13, 2024: Evaluation and Program Planning
Javier Cifuentes-Faura, Ursula Faura-Martínez, Matilde Lafuente-Lechuga
The concerns of students and young people have been on the rise in recent years. Recent events such as the Covid-19 pandemic or the invasion of Ukraine have contributed to this. Mental health, the high cost of living, the need to re-evaluate the way we work or the fight against climate change are among the main concerns of young people. The aim of this work is to find out the level of concern of university students about these problems that can condition their current life and to analyze whether these concerns can affect their academic performance, also distinguishing according to gender and age...
February 10, 2024: Evaluation and Program Planning
Hayley J Goldenthal, Tara Gill, Claudio Rivera, Karen R Gouze, Colleen Cicchetti
Implementing trauma-informed care in a special education environment serving youth from historically marginalized communities with high levels of exposure to potentially traumatic events (PTEs) requires a systematic tiered approach consistent with public health guidelines. Little is known about the implementation of this framework in special education settings where youth have significant emotional and behavioral difficulties. To address this need, a consultant-community partnership was forged between a hospital providing mental health services and a therapeutic day school that serves a special education cooperative...
February 3, 2024: Evaluation and Program Planning
Antonio Lopolito, Rocco Caferra, Andrea Nigri, Piergiuseppe Morone
The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated various unavoidable social restrictions, leading to questions about the effectiveness of public emergency interventions and their impact economic growth. Block et al. (2020) conducted a notably study using an agent-based model to evaluate policies for reducing contact and demonstrated how choices in contact behavior can influence the rate and spread of the virus. However, their approach did not consider the economic consequences of these social restrictions. In response, we propose a set of strategies for governments to plan and evaluate policies during emergencies, aiming to contain infections while minimizing negative economic consequences...
January 29, 2024: Evaluation and Program Planning
Ursula Imbernon, Maria Del Mar Casanovas-Rubio, Carolina Monteiro, Jaume Armengou
Understanding that good decision-making is paramount for the success of an organization and recognizing that strategic decision-making inside museums is a topic that has been over-passed by researchers, this paper intends to contribute to the relevance of the subject through the implementation of an innovative tool. Decision-making in museums is normally focused on the intuition, subjectivity, and experience of the curator, who brings all his knowledge to the exhibition programming. However, museums' management and environment are constantly changing, thus the application of this tool would aim to make decisions in a more democratic, transparent, inclusive, and accurate manner...
January 18, 2024: Evaluation and Program Planning
Min-Chul Hwang
To improve immigrants' integration, Korea Immigration & Integration Program (KIIP) has been delivered since 2009 in South Korea (hereafter Korea), yet little research has empirically estimated its net effect. Hence, the main aim of this study is to empirically and directly evaluate its net effect, using an Inverse-probability weighted analytical technique controlling selection bias that may distort its net effect. Utilizing the "Estimating social and economic effect of KIIP", published by the Ministry of Justice, Korea in 2017, this study selects immigrants including participants (n = 800) and nonparticipants (n = 214)...
January 11, 2024: Evaluation and Program Planning
Melanie Crane, Karen Lee, Erika Bohn-Goldbaum, Nicole Nathan, Adrian Bauman
Current understanding of what sustains public health programs is derived primarily from evaluations of programs delivered for only a few years. To improve program planning and knowledge on program sustainment, we examined real-world population programs that have been delivered for >2 years. Our focus was physical activity and nutrition programs for obesity prevention. We identified programs through published literature and searched through publicly available information on the theoretical factors determining sustainment...
January 11, 2024: Evaluation and Program Planning
Mine Cihanoğlu, Merve Vatansever, Gülsen Erden
The massive earthquakes experienced in August and November 1999 affected thousands of people in the Marmara region, the most densely populated and industrialized part of Turkey. The humanitarian and economic cost was so enormous, and these earthquakes have changed the Turkish disaster management system and the Turkish people's approach to disasters. Marmara earthquakes are also considered as a milestone in the provision of psychosocial services for disaster victims. This paper aims to review the psychosocial interventions targeting children, adolescents, and their families after the 1999 earthquakes in Turkey...
January 11, 2024: Evaluation and Program Planning
Dongsuk Kang, Min Jae Park
As an educational aid, the Korean government has developed and funded a graduate-level global information telecommunications technology program (ITTP) for ICT officers in developing countries. Questions have arisen about whether the program can achieve its goals and obtain mutual benefits between Korea and participating nations. Using a total quality management (TQM) framework as a unique case analysis, we evaluated ITTP's resources and performance from 2006 to 2014. Our results show that ITTP has focused on the quantitative promotion of students and alums from various countries and their learning of Korea-centric ICT, policies, and culture...
January 10, 2024: Evaluation and Program Planning
Junfeng Diao, Yi Qu
TVET teachers need comprehensive competence in response to the societal change of digitalization. Comparing to well-developed preparation programs in general education, the training framework for TVET teacher still need to be examined, especially in school-based TVET system. This study aims to propose a teaching competence framework and investigates its fitness and effectiveness in on-service training. A training program was conducted corresponding to it in a case school in China. The program achieves significant improvement in competence by using pretest and posttest measure, and receives satisfactory feedback from a survey among participating teachers...
January 10, 2024: Evaluation and Program Planning
Azucena Guzmán, Katharine Orellana, Mariana López Ortega, Luis Miguel Gutiérrez Robledo, Sara Torres Castro
OBJECTIVES: We explored views of care home managers when introducing PROCUIDA-Demencia a mixed-methods two-arm cluster randomised controlled pilot and clinical outcomes study aiming to optimise dementia care by introducing psychosocial interventions to reduce antipsychotic medication in care homes. METHOD: We undertook secondary analysis of pre and post in-depth interviews conducted in summer 2018 with not-for-profit care home managers in Mexico who were allocated to the intervention group...
December 26, 2023: Evaluation and Program Planning
Jacob T Painter, Rebecca A Raciborski, Monica M Matthieu, Ciara M Oliver, David A Adkins, Kimberly K Garner
BACKGROUND: Availability of evidence-based practices (EBPs) is critical for improving health care outcomes, but diffusion can be challenging. Implementation activities increase the adoption of EBPs and support sustainability. However, when implementation activities are a part of quality improvement processes, evaluation of the time and cost associated with these activities is challenged by the need for a correct classification of these activities to a known taxonomy of implementation strategies by implementation actors...
December 14, 2023: Evaluation and Program Planning
Tassy Parker, Allyson Kelley, Norman Cooeyate, Nathania Tsosie
This paper presents a case example of the Native-CHART Training Evaluation and describes the process of planning and administering a paper evaluation during the Native-CHART symposium in November 2019 led by the Center for Native American Health (CNAH) and an external evaluator. Training evaluation methodologies and the data collection instrument were grounded in the Health Belief Model (HBM) where health-related chronic disease and risk factor knowledge translates to perceived susceptibility, benefits, barriers, and self-efficacy...
December 13, 2023: Evaluation and Program Planning
Raúl González-Fernández, Adiela Ruiz-Cabezas, María C Medina Domínguez, Adela Beatríz Subía-Álava, Jorge Luis Delgado Salazar
This research is part of a project led by the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil (Ecuador) and the National Distance Education University - UNED (Spain) aiming at designing a teaching/professional competences training model for teachers. The purpose of this study is to assess the meaning of professional competences and their significance within teachers' teaching and training processes. Using the mixed methods approach, an ad hoc questionnaire was designed and given to discussion groups, achieving participation of more than a hundred teachers...
December 13, 2023: Evaluation and Program Planning
Delphine Labbé, Amy Heider, Yochai Eisenberg, Robert Gould, Robin Jones
People with disabilities face many barriers in the built environment impacting their mobility, health, and social participation. In the US, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), municipalities were required to develop and implement barrier-removal plans for pedestrian infrastructure, called ADA transition plans, but very few have done so. Many communities know they need a plan but do not know how to get it done because of a lack of understanding of the many different implementation considerations...
February 2024: Evaluation and Program Planning
Bina Ali, Steve Shamblen, William Scarbrough, Katharine Atwood, Ua-Aree Sangpukdee, Elise Andrews, Jan Markowitz, Amanda Wensel
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers are on the frontlines of the opioid response. This study explored the EMS training needs in Baltimore County, Maryland. An online survey conducted between January-June 2021 assessed knowledge, attitudes, awareness, and self-efficacy to use opioid overdose prevention strategies; burnout, compassion fatigue, stress, and wellness; and training needs among EMS providers (N = 256). Participants reported positive attitudes toward the use of opioid treatment guidelines and confidence in their ability to use the guidelines...
December 2023: Evaluation and Program Planning
Emily Gates, Kathy Chau Rohn, Kiruba Murugaiah
Theory of change (ToC) is an approach widely used to guide planning, implementing, and evaluating change initiatives. While there is substantial guidance, there has been little attention on equity within ToC research and practice. We propose and illustrate the metaphor of 'knots' to frame practical and ethical challenges that arise when centering equity within ToC processes. Drawing on our experiences using a ToC approach in two case examples, we identify and illustrate five equity-related knots: (a) clarify root causes, pathways, and success; (b) facilitate participation across power and perspective differences; (c) integrate research evidence and practitioner knowledge; (d) represent complex change visually; and (e) creatively navigate constraints...
November 10, 2023: Evaluation and Program Planning
Marzia Ippolito, Adriano Cozzolino, Salvatore Ercolano
The paper evaluates several second-order factors to explain the outcomes of the 2020 constitutional referendum held in Italy. This particular referendum serves as a relevant case study to assess the significance of second-order factors, given its unique characteristics, including the simplicity of the referendum question regarding the reduction in the number of parliamentarians (MPs), the minimal impact on public finances resulting from this reduction, and the subsequent decrease in territorial democratic representation...
November 10, 2023: Evaluation and Program Planning
Madelyn daSilva, Melanie Dissanayake, Shannon L Sibbald
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a primary cause of adult hospitalizations and imposes substantial burdens on patients and healthcare systems. Initiatives that support providers and patients in addressing needs at each stage of this illness are needed. The INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program™ was introduced in 2010 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to improve care for those with advanced COPD. The huge success of the program led to its expansion to various contexts and geographic locations through a pan-Canadian quality improvement collaborative (QIC)...
October 30, 2023: Evaluation and Program Planning
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