When entering into a new setting the best way to get results is to start with respect, engagement in the evaluation can be a good way to do this. Key people who know the community can be good people to ask who should be part of the evaluation. People that live and have a commitment to the community knows the ways in which something can be done better than a research team, they want to feel empower and part of the process in order to develop a meaning outcome and understand its impact.
When a program is evidence-based their program has been through an experimental design, is shown to work, and evaluated at a rigorous level. A research-based program means the incorporated content of a program is supported by current research. Model programs are listed on a website shown with the best evidence of effectiveness, but qualifications can vary by website. In order to implement an evidence-based program content must be followed to reach the same outcomes, keeping in mind that some things may need to be thoughtfully adapted to fit the audience.
The goal of qualitative methods is to make meaning out of experiences and make use of that information. The types of qualitative methods should be decided by looking at unit of analysis: is it the individual, collective discourse, or a concept? Methods like an interview, focus group, or ethnography can make meaning from different levels of perspective.
Outcomes can occur at different levels; activities, participants, and system wide outcomes. Process evaluation looks at what went on in the program that is helping achieve the outcomes. Outcome evaluation looks at what is expected to change in the participants when going through the program and why.
These models are a blueprint for what and why you’re doing as a program in order to evaluate if the goal was achieved. They can include needs, outcomes, results, indicators, activities, and resources, that should be aligned with both short term and long term goals of the program. Logic models also help provide a framework for everyone involved to help focus on results to get the desired outcome.
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