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Evaluation: Options and Pitfalls. Cache Steinberg, Ph.D., LCSW. Evaluation answers questions. Did we provide the service the way we said we would? Did people change? Did the intervention influence/cause the change? Did the change last?. Useful evaluation. Begins with program design.

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evaluation options and pitfalls

Evaluation:Options and Pitfalls

Cache Steinberg, Ph.D., LCSW

evaluation answers questions
Evaluation answers questions
  • Did we provide the service the way we said we would?
  • Did people change?
  • Did the intervention influence/cause the change?
  • Did the change last?
useful evaluation
Useful evaluation
  • Begins with program design.
  • Includes input from program staff.
  • Answers important questions about the program.
  • Is used to improve the program!!!!
advantages
Advantages
  • Grant writer, evaluator, and program staff have the same, clear understanding of process and expected outcomes.
  • Objectives can be stated easily.
types of evaluation
Types of evaluation
  • Process
  • Outcome
  • Efficiency
  • Comprehensive
elements of an outcome evaluation plan
Elements of an outcome evaluation plan
  • Describe the design.
  • Identify what will be measured.
  • Describe data collection plan: type of data, source, collecting procedures, & timetable.
  • Sampling plan.
  • Analysis techniques.
  • Protection of human subjects.
pitfall 1 too many objectives
Pitfall #1: Too many objectives
  • Pick your objectives thoughtfully.
    • Key processes
    • Key immediate and intermediate outcomes
pitfall 2 vague slapdash objectives
Pitfall #2: Vague/slapdash objectives
  • Wording dictates the design of the outcome evaluation.
  • Measurable.
  • One outcome or process per objective.
pitfall 3 unreliable measurement
Pitfall #3: Unreliable measurement
  • Don’t make up your own instruments unless absolutely necessary.
  • Pick instruments that have high reliability and validity.
  • Pick instruments that have a strong link to what your program proposes to change.
pitfall 4 unrealistic benchmarks
Pitfall #4: Unrealistic benchmarks

If you must set numerical benchmarks, base these on fact :

  • Historical data from your agency.
  • Reports in the literature.
pitfall 5 evaluation burden
Pitfall #5: Evaluation burden

Measurement:

  • Use information you already gather (school grades, arrests, GAF score, etc.).
  • Integrate measurement into the therapeutic process.
contact information
Contact Information

Cache Steinberg, Ph.D., LCSW

Office of Community Projects

Graduate School of Social Work, U. of H.

713-743-8142

[email protected]

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