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NCJ Number: 51142 Find in a Library
Title: ACCOUNTABILITY, LIKE CHARITY, BEGINS AT HOME
Journal: EVALUATION  Volume:2  Issue:1  Dated:(1974)  Pages:74-77
Author(s): L W KING; N K AUSTIN; R P LIBERMAN; W J DERISI
Corporate Author: Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation, Inc
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: AN APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT THAT USED GOAL ATTAINMENT SCALING IS DESCRIBED. GOAL ATTAINMENT SCALES WERE USED AS A TOOL TO EVALUATE TREATMENT OUTCOME AND AS A MEANS OF EVALUATING ACTIVITIES OF THE RESEARCH PROJECT.
Abstract: THE PURPOSE OF THE BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS AND MODIFICATION (BAM) PROJECT, LOCATED IN THE OXNARD, CALIF., COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER, IS TO INTRODUCE AND EVALUATE BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS AND MODIFICATION. THE PROJECT WAS INITIATED IN 1972 AND CONTINUED THROUGH 1975. GOAL ATTAINMENT SCALING WAS USED AS THE METHOD OF EVALUATING BEHAVIOR THERAPY PROGRAMS IN THE DAY TREATMENT CENTERS. RANDOMLY SELECTED PATIENTS AT THE CENTER WERE SCALED AND FOLLOWED UP AT 3-MONTH AND 6-MONTH INTERVALS. THE SAME PROCEDURE WAS EMPLOYED IN AN ADJACENT DAY TREATMENT CENTER. RESULTS OF A COMPARATIVE THERAPY STUDY OF THE TWO CENTERS WERE USED TO EVALUATE THE IMPACT OF THE BAM PROJECT ON THE OXNARD DAY TREATMENT CENTER. STAFF SELECTED GOALS DURING A SERIES OF PLANNING SESSIONS. THEY WISHED TO EVALUATE THEMSELVES IN FOUR GENERAL AREAS: (1) CONDUCTING EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES INVOLVING CLINICAL APPLICATIONS OF BAM; (2) TRAINING DAY TREATMENT CLINICAL STAFF; (3) IMPLEMENTING PROGRAM EVALUATION EFFORTS; AND (4) DISSEMINATING THE FINDINGS TO OTHER COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. SCALE ATTAINMENT LEVELS WERE: (1) MOST UNFAVORABLE TREATMENT OUTCOME THOUGHT LIKELY, (2) LESS THAN EXPECTED SUCCESS WITH TREATMENT, (3) EXPECTED LEVEL OF TREATMENT SUCCESS, (4) MORE THAN EXPECTED SUCCESS WITH TREATMENT, AND (5) BEST ANTICIPATED SUCCESS WITH TREATMENT. THE USE OF GOAL ATTAINMENT SCALING WAS BENEFICIAL IN STIMULATING THE BAM PROJECT TO OPERATIONALIZE ITS GOALS. GOALS WERE DISPLAYED ON A LARGE BULLETIN BOARD AND WERE INDIVIDUALLY AND CUMULATIVELY GRAPHED. PROJECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS WERE PLACED WITHIN A SPECIFIC TIME FRAME. MONITORING PROGRESS THROUGH GRAPHS KEPT STAFF MEMBERS CONTINUOUSLY INFORMED ABOUT THEIR STANDING WITH RESPECT TO GOALS AND KEPT THEM WORKING ALONG LINES OUTLINED BY GOALS. THE GOAL ATTAINMENT FOLLOWUP GUIDE USED IN THE BAM PROJECT IS INCLUDED. (DEP)
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Behavioral science research; Evaluation; Evaluation techniques; Management by objectives; Objectives; Research
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