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RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit

RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit

Joie D. Acosta
Rajeev Ramchand
Amariah Becker
Alexandria Felton
Aaron Kofner
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 188
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    RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit
    Book Description:

    Evaluating suicide prevention programs can be challenging because suicide is a rare event and prevention programs are often complex and multifaceted. The RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit uses checklists, worksheets, and templates to help program staff design an evaluation that is appropriate for their program type, available resources, and expertise and offers guidance on analyzing the resulting data to inform improvements.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8530-6
    Subjects: Psychology, Health Sciences

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Tools
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Figures
    (pp. ix-x)
  6. Chapter One Introduction and Overview
    (pp. 1-8)

    In this chapter, we review the intended audience and this toolkit’s goals and specific aims, as well as identify the evaluation challenges that this toolkit intends to address. We conclude with a brief user’s guide that previews the toolkit’s content and offers tips for its use and navigation.

    This toolkit is designed primarily to be used by individuals who are implementing suicide prevention programs (SPPs), including U.S. Department of Defense SPP coordinators and Veterans Health Administration suicide prevention program directors. Additionally, directors of community-based SPPs and state and local health department employees in charge of SPPs may find the toolkit...

  7. Chapter Two Identify Your Program’s Core Components and Build a Logic Model
    (pp. 9-46)

    In this chapter, we will help you identify the core components of your suicide prevention program by considering the available resources, program activities, intended audience, intended outcomes, methods of assessment, and community needs being filled. Then, we will help you organize these elements into a logic model to clearly visualize the relationships and dependencies between components. Finally, we will help you review the logic model, assessing whether it is complete and reasonable.

    To conduct an effective evaluation of your SPP, it is important to have a clear understanding of the components that make up the program, as well as the...

  8. Chapter Three Design an Evaluation for Your Program
    (pp. 47-62)

    In this chapter, we provide a brief summary of past evaluation studies of SPPs similar to your SPP. Evaluation studies are organized according to nine program types (e.g., gatekeeper trainings, crisis hotlines), so the chapter begins by helping you identify your program type. Next, we discuss several key issues to consider when selecting an evaluation design and drafting an evaluation plan. The chapter concludes with a review of the quality of information in the draft evaluation plan.

    Understanding how similar SPPs have been evaluated could help identify evaluation approaches and measures that are useful for your program. Based on our...

  9. Chapter Four Select Evaluation Measures for Your Program
    (pp. 63-74)

    This chapter first defines process and outcome evaluation measures and describes why it is important to collectbothprocess and outcome evaluation measures. Then, it presents process and outcome measures used in prior evaluations of SPPs as possible options for use in your program’s evaluation. The chapter concludes with a review of the measures selected to ensure that they are appropriate for your program and the available level of resources and evaluation expertise.

    Process evaluation is a form of program evaluation designed to document and analyze the early development and actual implementation of a program, assessing whether and how well...

  10. Chapter Five Analyze Your Program’s Evaluation Data
    (pp. 75-100)

    This chapter begins by summarizing how to establish a database that will allow you to link process and outcome measures over time. Next, we review three simple procedures to ensure the accuracy of the evaluation data. The chapter concludes with three primers that provide step-by-step instructions for analyzing evaluation data at an intermediate and more advanced level using Microsoft Excel®(version 2007 or later). The three primers are meant to be referenced after your program has collected its evaluation data and is ready to begin analysis. If you have not yet completed data collection from your evaluation, you can still...

  11. Chapter Six Use Evaluation Data to Improve Your Program
    (pp. 101-114)

    This chapter begins by assessing some basic information about your program’s evaluation to better interpret the results. This assessment is followed by a review of the evaluation findings to determine the extent to which the program achieved its intended outcomes. The chapter concludes with a series of small-scale assessments to identify appropriate changes needed to improve the quality of the program. If you have not yet completed the analysis of the data from your evaluation, you should do that before following the steps in this chapter.

    Before interpreting and applying the evaluation data, revisit the final evaluation design that was...

  12. Appendix A Summary of Program Evaluation Studies, by Program Type
    (pp. 115-160)
  13. Appendix B Glossary of Terms
    (pp. 161-162)
  14. Bibliography
    (pp. 163-178)