An early stage evaluation model for assessing the effectiveness of comprehensive community initiatives: Three case studies in Nebraska

Virginia Murphy-Berman, Connie Schnoes, Jeff M. Chambers

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Abstract

In an attempt to more effectively meet the needs of children and families, many communities across the country have implemented new types of service intervention systems. These systems emphasize more comprehensive and integrated service delivery approaches and more community-based modes of decision-making. There has also been a renewed focus on the need to establish the accountability of community interventions through the use of results-based performance appraisals techniques. The present paper presents an early stage evaluation model that was used to provide a framework to assess the effectiveness of three comprehensive community initiative projects that were put in place in the state of Nebraska in 1996. The challenges of evaluating these types of broadbased initiatives as well as the pitfalls that must be overcome in attempts to utilize result-based performance evaluation approaches are discussed. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-163
Number of pages7
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2000

Keywords

  • Community context
  • Community-based programs
  • Comprehensive community initiatives
  • Early stage evaluation
  • Evaluation models
  • Theory-based evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Strategy and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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