What is Evaluation Research
Investigates social programs to see if they work
E.g. D.A.R.E. Program
Many are familiar with the DARE program, that is part of elementary education. It was meant to teach kids about drugs and alcohol and dissuade them from abusing drugs.
Related to a Quasi Experiments
Assess impact of social programs and policies
Different because the experiment delivered is the social program
e.g. Does Dare work?
Does child know about dangers of drugs/alcohol?
Does child know dangers?
Over time, we could have an Observation 3. By high school are those who went through DARE less likely to use drugs/alcohol compared to those who didn’t go through DARE.
Inputs – resources, clients and staff that go into a program
Program process- complete treatment or service delivered by the program
Outputs – the services delivered or new products produced by the program process
Outcomes – the impact of the program process on the cases processed
Feedback – information about service delivery system outputs, outcomes, or operations that is available to any program inputs
Stakeholders – individuals and groups who have some basis of concern with the program
Good example of stakeholder mapping
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Stakeholder mapping is where one brainstorms all the different stakeholders for a program
4 Steps in Intervention design and delivery
Identify the problem
Take into account stakeholders
Do a needs assessment
Arrive at solution
Set goals and design the intervention
Implement the intervention
3 Types of Evaluation
Process-determine whether program has reached target audience and if activities have been implemented correctly
Outcome-determines how well program met its objectives
Developmental-supporting the process of innovation and learning, often used early in an innovative program, or in a complex situation of high complexity
Pros and Cons of Evaluation Research
Pros- Holds programs and policies accountable
Gives proof that something works before spending more $
Identifies programs that are not working
Cons- process gets politicized
Research can be skewed towards desired result, especially in high profile programs
Outcomes may be determined by politics
E.g. we may over-focus on in-vogue outcome