Challenges in the evaluation and implementation of school-based prevention and intervention programs on sensitive topics

Lisa H. Jaycox, Daniel F. McCaffrey, Beverly Weidmer Ocampo, Gene A. Shelley, Susan M. Blake, Donna J. Peterson, Lucinda S. Richmond, Joan E. Kub

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Abstract

The current emphasis on best practices for school-based health and mental health programs brings with it the demand for evaluation efforts in schools. This article describes the challenges of launching a successful school program and evaluation, with lessons learned from three projects that focus on intimate partner violence. The authors discuss issues related to constraints on the research design in schools, the recruitment of schools and participants within schools, program and evaluation implementation issues, the iterative implementation-evaluation cycle, and the dissemination of programs and study findings. The authors emphasize the need for flexibility and cultural awareness during all stages of the process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-336
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006

Keywords

  • Implementation
  • Program evaluation
  • Research methods
  • School

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Strategy and Management

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    Jaycox, L. H., McCaffrey, D. F., Ocampo, B. W., Shelley, G. A., Blake, S. M., Peterson, D. J., Richmond, L. S., & Kub, J. E. (2006). Challenges in the evaluation and implementation of school-based prevention and intervention programs on sensitive topics. American Journal of Evaluation, 27(3), 320-336. https://doi.org/10.1177/1098214006291010