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NCJ Number: 64364 Find in a Library
Title: PEOPLE AND DATA SYSTEMS - SOME SYSTEMS OF INTEGRATION (FROM MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM IN THE DRUG FIELD, 1979, BY GEORGE M BESCHNER ET AL - SEE NCJ-64360)
Author(s): G DE LEON
Corporate Author: US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Admin
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Rockville, MD 20852
US Dept of Health, Education, and Welfare
Rockville, MD 20857
Grant Number: 5 H81 DA 01729-03
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: WAYS IN WHICH EVALUATION DATA SYSTEMS CAN HELP DRUG ABUSE PROGRAMS ACHIEVE GOALS AND DELIVER SERVICES ARE DISCUSSED TO HELP TREATMENT STAFF OVERCOME MISTRUST OF SUCH SYSTEMS.
Abstract: TYPES OF PROGRAM EVALUATIONS DEMONSTRATE WHETHER A PROGRAM IS FEASIBLE AND OPERATING ACCORDING TO PLAN, HOW IT WORKS, AND ITS EFFECTIVENESS. IN ADDITION, AN INFORMATION PROCESSING CAPACITY CAN PROVIDE THE DATA ON COST EFFECTIVENESS NEEDED TO RETAIN PUBLIC FUNDS. MONITORING THE DAILY INTERNAL OPERATIONS OF A DRUG PROGRAM IS ALSO ESSENTIAL TO PATIENT CARE IMPROVEMENT, AS KNOWLEDGE OF CLIENT DIFFERENCES PERMITS THE BEST PROGRAM- OR SERVICE-CLIENT MATCH. SELF-MONITORING ALSO AIDS STAFF EDUCATION, PERMITS BETTER STAFFING WORKLOADS, AND ENCOURAGES BETTER TEAMWORK BETWEEN CLINICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL. EVALUATION SYSTEMS CAN BE IMPLEMENTED BY OUTSIDE PROFESSIONALS, SPECIALLY TRAINED HOUSE STAFF, OR BY OUTSIDERS WORKING WITH HOUSE STAFF. OUTSIDERS ARE GENERALLY MORE EFFICIENT IN DEVELOPING AND OPERATING SYSTEMS, BUT MAY NOT BE KNOWLEDGEABLE ENOUGH TO TAILOR A SYSTEM TO A SPECIFIC PROGRAM'S NEEDS. WHILE TRAINING HOUSE STAFF TO OPERATE SYSTEMS THROUGH MANUALS PROVIDES THEM WITH USEFUL INFORMATION, IT CANNOT MOTIVATE THEM TO USE A SYSTEM WELL AND GENERALLY IS NOT SUFFICIENTLY EXTENSIVE. COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING OF INSIDERS BY OUTSIDE PROFESSIONALS TO SET UP AND OPERATE THEIR OWN EVALUATION SYSTEM IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE, BUT MORE EXPENSIVE APPROACH. GUIDELINES FOR PREPARING AND MAINTAINING THESE DATA SYSTEMS ARE PRESENTED FOR MANAGERS, AND QUALITIES NEEDED IN DATA PROCESSING PERSONEL ARE DISCUSSED. A CASE STUDY DEMONSTRATES THAT A DRUG ABUSE TREATMENT STAFF IN A THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITY CAN FIND SELF-EVALUATION DATA PROCESSING USEFUL. (PAP)
Index Term(s): Computer aided operations; Decisionmaking; Drug treatment programs; Information processing; Program evaluation; Program implementation
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