Whether you are responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating peer and prevention programs or simply an outside consultant or evaluator, this book will be an essential guide for your work. This user-friendly training manual provides a blueprint of a step-by-step approach to setting-up an evaluation program that guides you through the planning, development, implementation, data collection, and organization stages, and then communicating the results to others. The authors establish a rationale for program evaluation, explaining how it differs from research, and discuss ways to align the vision, mission, and goals of a program. They then describe several approaches to evaluation and methods for successfully collecting and analyzing data. Methods for reporting the results are also considered and numerous forms and charts are provided to assist with and illustrate the organization, evaluation, and reporting of data. An accompanying CD contains guidelines, handouts, and forms that can be reproduced for your own use in evaluation.
"Evaluation of Peer and Prevention Programs is an excellent resource for all peer helping professionals. Black, Foster, and Tindall are pioneers in the field and this work reflects their vast experience and knowledge of evaluation." - Scott M. Butler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Community Health, Georgia College & State University
"These experienced peer professionals have captured the essence of evaluation techniques and deciphered them into a language the laity (non-evaluators) can use. Their gift of explaining theoretical constructs into everyday language will do much to further the field of peer helping and prevention." - Marilyn Bader, LHD, Senior Prevention Training Coordinator, National Counseling on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse – St. Louis Area
"These giants in the peer programs field have made effective evaluation of both established and beginning programs understandable, systematic, and accessible. This book is the most useful guide I have ever seen to walk peer program professionals through the necessary steps for credible and thorough program evaluation design." - Sue Routson, MS, CPPE, CTC, Author and Director of Peer Information Center for Teens, Inc.
"This book eliminates the mystery surrounding evaluation and illuminates the steps in the development of a comprehensive evaluation process. Throughout, copious strategies are provided to address the complex challenges facing evaluation teams." - Roselind Gullo Bogner, PhD, LMHC, CPPE, Associate Professor, College of Education, Niagara University
Rationale for Evaluation: Why is it Critical? A Blueprint of Ethics of Peer and Prevention Professionals. Prevention and Peer Programs: What Are They and Why Are They important to Evaluate? Focusing the Evaluation Through Alignment. Approaching Evaluation: A Blueprint for Choosing the Right Questions. Planning the Evaluation Process: Start at Beginning with the End in Mind. Blueprint Plan for Collecting Data: What to Collect, How to Collect and What Method to Use When Collecting Data. A Blueprint for Analyzing Data. Blueprint for Reporting Results. Resources.