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NCJ Number: 50681 Find in a Library
Title: COMPONENTS OF PROGRAM EVALUATION CAPABILITY IN COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS (FROM RESOURCE MATERIALS FOR COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM EVALUATION - 2ND ED, 1977, BY WILIAM A HARGREAVES - SEE NCJ-50680)
Author(s): M H MCINTYRE; C C ATTKISSON; T W KELLER
Corporate Author: US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Public Health Service
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Rockville, MD 20852
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF PROGRAM EVALUATION FOR COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTERS ARE DETAILED, ALONG WITH GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF PROGRAM EVALUATION.
Abstract: TWO TASKS OF MANAGEMENT RELATE DIRECTLY TO THE EVALUATIVE PROCESS: (1) INSURING THE FULFILLMENT OF LEGAL OBLIGATIONS AND COMMITMENTS OF A PROGRAM TO ITS CONSTITUENTS, AND (2) MANAGEMENT OF ASPIRATIONS RELATED TO PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THESE OBLIGATIONS. ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE CONDUCT OF PROGRAMS EVOLVES FROM THE NOTION OF DELEGATION BY A FINDER AND ACCEPTANCE BY A LOCAL BODY OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIRES CONSENSUS ON CRITERIA BY WHICH PERFORMANCE IS JUDGED. EVALUATION IS A TOOL FOR MANAGING ASPIRATIONS PERTINENT TO PROGRAM EXCELLENCE ONCE ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS ARE MET. COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER DECISIONMAKING OCCURS IN FOUR BASIC AREAS RELATED TO ACCOUNTABILITY AND PROGRAM IMPROVEMENT: INTERNAL OPERATIONS AND CENTER MANAGEMENT, SERVICE DELIVERY FUNCTIONS, TREATMENT AND INTERVENTION FUNCTIONS, AND COMMUNITY IMPACT EFFORTS. IN EACH AREA, OPERATIONAL STANDARDS ARE CREATED AND RESOURCES ARE ALLOCATED IN AN ATTEMPT TO MEET PROGRAM COMMITMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS. THE NEED FOR EVALUATION IS RELATED TO THE CRUCIAL REQUIREMENT FOR DATA COLLECTION AND THE USE OF DATA IS EFFECTIVE DECISIONMAKING. DIMENSIONS OF PROGRAM EVALUATION INCLUDE SYSTEM MANAGEMENT, CLIENT UTILIZATION MONITORING, INTERVENTION OUTCOMES, AND THE COMMUNITY IMPACT OF A PROGRAM. THE ORGANIZATIONAL ROLE OF EVALUATORS, INCLUDING STATISTICAL STAFF, CLINICAL RESEARCH STAFF, TECNICAL/EVALUATIVE SPECIALISTS, AND COORDINATIVE DECISIONMAKERS, IS DISCUSSED. REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. (DEP)
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Evaluation techniques; Mental health; Program evaluation; Psychiatric services
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