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 3: Defining Program Development and Evaluation
Defining Program Development and Evaluation
In all books within this Kit, we want to emphasize concrete, practical, and research-guided applications for improving preventive practice, while also providing supportive theoretical and conceptual issues. Indeed, concerning prevention in mental health, two of the most frequently asked questions put to me over the decades still are these: (1) “The idea of prevention seems attractive but I get confused about it—what is prevention?” and (2) “I think I understand prevention pretty well—but how do you do prevention?” This chapter will attempt to answer the first of these questions: “What is prevention?” The following chapter will address the issue of doing prevention.
In this chapter, PD&E is defined generically, without giving particular attention to PD&E steps or ...