Program Development and Evaluation in Prevention


Robert K. Conyne

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    To my family: Lynn, Suzanne and Pete, Zack, and our dog, Lucy.

    And to Andy Horne, my good friend and fellow trooper in prevention lo these many years.


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    Thanks to Kim Bolen and to Kat Raczynski for all your assistance and to Lynn Rapin, all the University of Cincinnati students, and organizational consultees who have helped refine the model described in this book.

  • Appendix A: The 10-Step PD&E in Prevention Model

    • Plan the Program
      • Lay the groundwork for community, collaboration, and cultural relevance.
      • Analyze local context and conduct professional literature review.
      • Create problem statement.
      • Develop preventive goals, objectives, strategies, and evaluations.
      • Obtain inputs and resources.
    • Implement, Including Process Evaluation
      • Implement program plan with participants through strategies comprising sequenced and coordinated activities, tasks, responsibilities, resources, and timelines.
      • Examine process evaluation data to generate feedback.
    • Effects: Evaluate Output
      • Examine outcome evaluation data to determine outcomes.
      • Identify impacts, incidence reduction.
      • Disseminate results.

    Appendix B: Design the Prevention Program Implementation Plan

    • Determine problem
    • Set objectives
    • Choose among alternative strategies
    • Plan implementation
      • Objectives
      • Strategies
      • Activities
      • Tasks
      • Responsibilities
      • Resources
      • Timelines

    Appendix C: Design the Prevention Program Evaluation

    • Plan A. Process/Formative Evaluation
      • Key Processes
        • Community orientation
        • Cultural relevance/fit
        • Collaboration/partnerships
        • Fidelity
        • Evidence base
      • Key Evaluation Criteria
        • Context
        • Adequacy, appropriateness
        • Effectiveness, efficiency
        • Side effects, sustainability
        • Transferability, dissemination
        • Usefulness and general contribution
    • Plan B. Outcome/Summative Evaluation
      • Design process/formative evaluation
      • Design outcome/summative evaluation
      • Plan for sustainability
      • Plan for replication and transferability
      • Plan for dissemination and usefulness

    Appendix D: Key Prevention Questions

    • Were new cases eliminated or diminished?
    • Were deficits reduced?
    • Was the environment improved?
    • Were strengths and natural supports increased?


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    About the Author

    Robert K. Conyne, PhD, Professor Emeritus from the University of Cincinnati, is a Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Counselor, and Fellow of the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) and the American Psychological Association. He compiled 36 years of professional experience as a University Professor and Department Head, counselor, administrator, consultant, and trainer. Dr. Conyne has received many awards, including Eminent Career Award from the ASGW; Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention, Society of Counseling Psychology of the APA; Distinguished Alumni Award of Distinction from Purdue University, and a Soros International Scholar. He was President of the APA's Division of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy and also of the ACA's ASGW. With more than 200 scholarly publications and presentations including 12 books in his areas of expertise (group work, prevention, and ecological counseling), along with broad international consultation in these areas—most recently with U.S. military personnel, Dr. Conyne is recognized as an expert in working with people and systems. With colleague (and wife), Lynn S. Rapin, PhD, he also helps people plan and prepare psychologically for their upcoming retirement, using the holistic approach they developed, “Charting Your Personal Future.” The edited Oxford Handbook of Group Counseling (2011) is his most recent offering, preceded by Prevention Program Development and Evaluation (Sage), and 12 other books. When not working, Dr. Conyne and his wife—as often as possible with their children Suzanne (married to Pete) and Zack—can be found traveling or enjoying life at their Northern Ontario cottage with their dog, Lucy.

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