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Prevention plus III: Assessing alcohol and other drug prevention programs at the school and community level: A four step guide to useful program assessment
Jean Ann Linney and Abraham Wandersman

Assessment is a very important part of program planning. Assessment can document program effectiveness, identify areas that need more work, and can determine whether and to what extent a program is meeting its objectives. This guidebook helps program staff and organizers understand program evaluation. It explains how evaluation can be a useful tool for organizations. One section describes the four parts of assessment: identifying goals; process assessment, or determining whether what was planned actually occurred; outcome assessment, which describes the immediate effects of a program; and impact assessment, which looks at long-term changes directly attributable to program interventions. Another section highlights program assessment plans - methods to gather data that verify and document the process and quantify outcomes. The document features a step-by-step guide to program assessment which includes worksheets and self-administered questionnaires.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Substance Abuse Prevention
Distributed by National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
P.O. Box 2345
Rockville, MD 20847-2345
(800) 729-6686 or (301) 468-2600
TDD: (800) 487-4889
Fax: (301) 468-6433
(1991, Inventory No. BK188, 457 pp.; free)


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