This seventh book in the Prevention Practice Kit illustrates how carefully constructed programs are involved with reaching prevention goals. Using examples and drawing from a clearly presented framework, this book helps readers easily translate concepts of program development and evaluation (PD&E) into doable, practical steps.
This book is guided by five tenets:
Prevention occurs through programs applied early.; A program is comprised of interrelated elements existing within an open system.; PD&E involves cyclical phases of planning, implementation and effects, while being infused by the processes of community, collaboration, and cultural relevance.; Conducting prevention PD&E relies on both technical and people skills.; Effective programs depend on sound processes that are guided by an overall 10-step PD&E in Prevention Model, which include planning the program, implementing process evaluation, and evaluating output.
This book is part of thePrevention Practice Kit: Action Guides for Mental Health, a collection of eight books each authored by scholars in the specific field of prevention and edited by Dr. Robert K. Conyne and Dr. Arthur M. Horne. The books in the collection conform to the editors' outline to promote a consistent reading experience. Designed to provide human services practitioners, counselors, psychologists, social workers, instructors, and students with concrete direction for spreading and improving the practice of prevention, the series provides thorough coverage of prevention application including a general overview of prevention, best practices, diversity and cultural relevance, psychoeducational groups, consultation, program development and evaluation, evidence base, and public policy.
This book is endorsed by the Prevention Section of the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Fifty percent of all royalties are donated to Division 17 of the APA.
Chapter 1: Introduction to Program Development and Evaluation in Prevention
Introduction to Program Development and Evaluation in Prevention
Why does this Kit on prevention practices contain a book on program development and evaluation? The following five points underscore its importance.
Prevention Occurs through Programs Applied Early
Prevention goals are accomplished through intentional and effective programs that are applied prior to entrenched dysfunctions appearing in a targeted population. So if programs are the means through which prevention is accomplished, then it is necessary to know how to develop and evaluate these programs. This reasoning explains the existence of this book on program development and evaluation (PD&E).
Programs are sometimes preceded by adjectives such as “intervention,” “treatment,” and “prevention.” We are interested in this Kit, of course, in prevention programs.
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