looked at practice evaluation using single-subject design in Week 3, this week, you shift focus to program evaluation. Program evaluation serves many purposes, including accountability to funders and to the public. Often, funding sources such as government agencies or private foundations requires periodic program evaluations. These evaluations can help provide answers to many different questions, and can contribute to improvement of services. There are a variety of program evaluation models that are appropriate for addressing different questions as well as facilitating the collection and analysis of many different types of data.
To prepare for this Discussion, identify a program within an agency with which you are familiar, which could benefit from process evaluation and outcome evaluation. You do not need to identify the agency in your post. Also, review the different evaluation models highlighted in this week’s resources (needs assessment, program monitoring, client satisfaction study, outcome evaluation, or cost benefit study).
By Day 3
Post a brief summary of the program that you selected. Recommend a program evaluation model that would answer a question relevant to the program. Explain the potential benefits of the program evaluation that you proposed (both process and outcome). Identify 2–3 concerns that stakeholders might have about your proposed evaluation and how you would address those concerns. Then explain 2–3 concerns that stakeholders may have about your proposed program evaluation and how you would address those concerns.
In Week 3, you looked at practice assessment using a single-subject design; this week, you’ll look at program evaluation. Evaluation of programs serves a variety of reasons, including ensuring responsibility to donors and the general public. Periodic program evaluations are frequently required by funding sources such as government agencies or private organizations. These assessments can assist answer a variety of questions and contribute to the improvement of services. There are a variety of program evaluation models that can be used to answer various questions and facilitate the collecting and analysis of a wide range of data.
Identify a program within an agency with which you are familiar that could benefit from process and outcome evaluations to prepare for this Discussion. You don’t have to name the company.