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NCJ Number: 136314 Find in a Library
Title: Problems in the Evaluation of Treatment Programs for Drunk Drivers: Goals and Outcomes
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:22  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1992)  Pages:155-167
Author(s): J L Fitzpatrick
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 13
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study reviews and critiques measures used in the evaluation of drunk driving treatment programs over the last 15 years.
Abstract: Most evaluations of drunk driving treatment programs have been summative and goal-oriented, so as to determine whether a program or policy achieved its ultimate goals. Although such evaluations are desirable, they do not identify what went wrong or what went right in program design or program delivery. Improvement in the ability to build models of effective treatment and to identify reasons for failure, evaluation studies must investigate the process of programs as well as their outcomes. Evaluation must also be based on clear definitions for program goals and outcomes. Of particular importance is the determination of whether or not the program is intended to reduce or terminate the consumption of alcoholic beverages or to change patterns of drinking and driving. This study suggests two directions for improvement in the evaluation of policies and treatment programs for drunk drivers. By using multiple measures of treatment outcomes and by devoting more time to the study of program process and intermediate outcomes, evaluators can improve the validity of their methods and the utility of their studies for program managers and policymakers. 2 notes and 34 references
Main Term(s): Drunk driver programs; Evaluative research
Index Term(s): Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Evaluation measures
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