Design and Evaluation of Prevention Programs

Marsha Davis, Pamela Orpinas and Arthur M. Horne

in The Oxford Handbook of Prevention in Counseling Psychology

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396423
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Design and Evaluation of Prevention Programs

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Abstract Evaluation is the application of social science methods to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of prevention programs. Evaluation is critical for determining the worth, need, and effectiveness of a program. This chapter presents an overview of the principles, methods, and practices for designing and evaluating prevention programs. The design and evaluation process is outlined in 10 steps: setting up the evaluation team and engaging stakeholders, determining the budget, using a logic model to define the program, determining the evaluation question, determining the outcome variables and measurement, selecting a sample, collecting the data, analyzing and interpreting the data, reporting, and using the data for program improvement. In each step, the authors provide examples of real world applications. Challenges and future directions for evaluation are discussed.

Keywords: program evaluation; program design; logic model; evaluation methods; formative evaluation; process evaluation; outcomes evaluation

Article.  9679 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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