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Discussion: Public Health Program Evaluation Methods

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7-1 Discussion: Public Health Program Evaluation Methods
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Foundational Competencies (CEPH)
Upon successful completion of this discussion, you should be able to:
Select methods to evaluate public health programs [CEPH.11]
Foundational Public Health Knowledge (FKO)
Upon successful completion of this discussion, you should be able to:
Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health [FKO.03]
Key Resources
Please review the following resources in preparation for this discussion:
Types of Evaluation
Health Program Management, Chapter 9
This is an optional resource. There is only one digital copy available of this book, which means that only one student can view it at a time. If you are unable to view it, revisit the link at a later date.
CDC Evaluation Documents, Workbooks, and Tools
Guidance on Preparation
In this discussion, you will identify a recent/current public health program, and then discuss the relevant methods for evidence-based program evaluation. The core of this discussion is about how you connect the theories to the measurements of program evaluation. The question to consider is this: What are the measurements that (1) are based in theory and (2) may be used to evaluate the program? Before composing your main/initial discussion response, please download and use the Program Evaluation Methods Worksheet.
Prompt Identify a public health program that clearly uses one of the health behavior theories presented in this course. For your main/initial response, please determine how the program could be evaluated—including (1) formative, (2) process/implementation, (3) outcome/effectiveness, and (4) impact evaluation method types. Ensure your response addresses the following:
Selecting Evaluation Methods: Why would the program use each evaluation method type?
Connections to Program Design: Do these evaluation methods relate to the health behavior theory that the program follows? For each method, please explain why or why not (with an example).
Theory-Based Evaluation Practices: Explain one measurement that is used in the given evaluation method.
To be clear, you are not being tasked to construct an actual program evaluation plan. This discussion merely focuses on the general types of program evaluation and their general connections to health behavior theory.
Recommendations for Main/Initial Discussion Post Structure
For your main post, you may find it helpful to organize your notes from the Program Evaluation Methods Worksheet into three distinct paragraphs, as follows:
Paragraph 1: Why would the program use each evaluation method type? (Summarize your notes from the worksheet for all types of evaluation methods.)
Paragraph 2: Do these evaluation methods relate to the health behavior theory that the program follows? For each method, please explain why or why not (with an example). (Summarize your notes from the worksheet for all types of evaluation methods.)
Paragraph 3: Explain one measurement that is used in the evaluation method. (Summarize your notes from the worksheet for all types of evaluation methods.)
Please make certain to cite/reference all sources.
Please review the Discussion Rubric for information on the discussion participation expectations.
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