Program Evaluation and Intervention Effectiveness Research

Program evaluation and intervention outcome research are forms of research that assesses short- or long-term changes among individuals participating in programs or receiving interventions. These forms of research should be based on a logic model; that is, there should be a clear rationale for why the program or intervention is expected to lead to the intended results. In evaluating programs and interventions, it is important to know if participants received the services/interventions laid out in the program logic model. If, for example, a participant only participated in one session of a multi-session intervention or if participants were suppose to take part in one type of activity, but the activity was modified, then they did not actually receive the intended service/intervention and one would not expect them to experience the intended benefits. For this reason, some program evaluation research also sometimes focuses on the implementation of services and the service delivery process.

Program Evaluation and Intervention Effectiveness Research – Selected Listings

  • ASPE, US Department of Health and Human Services. (2008-2013) Evaluation of the Marriage and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Reentering Fathers and their Partners http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/08/mfs-ip/
  • Abram, F. Y., & Linhorst, D. (2008). A process evaluation of collaborative planning for children of prisoners. Administration in Social Work, 32(1), 39-54.
  • Davies, E., Brazzell, D., La Vigne, N. G., & Shollenberger, T. (2008). Understanding the experiences and needs of children of incarcerated parents: Views from mentors. Baltimore, MD: The Urban Institute.
  • Ichikawa, J. and Selby, P.Children of Prisoners Empowered for Success( COPES) Final Evaluation report 2009. Seatle, Casey Family Programs.
  • Laakso, J., & Nygaard, J. (2007). Final report of the Children of Incarcerated Parents Project: How mentoring can make a difference. Washington State Department of Corrections. Contact jlaakso@u.washington.edu.
  • Lopez, C. & Bhat, C. (2007). Supporting students with incarcerated parents in schools: A group intervention. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 32, 139.
  • Phillips, S. D. (2008). The Bill of Rights for Children of Incarcerated Parents technical assistance project: Contextual factors. Chicago, IL: Jane Addams College of Social Work.
  • Springer, D. W., Lynch, C., & Rubin, A. (2000). Effects of a solution-focused mutual aid group for Hispanic children of incarcerated parents. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 17, 431-442.
  • Information Technology International. (2004). Annual evaluation report for the VIP Mentoring Program. Potomac, MD: Author.

Program Evaluation and Intervention Effectiveness Research – Extensive Listing

  • Abram, F. Y., & Linhorst, D. (2008). A process evaluation of collaborative planning for children of prisoners. Administration in Social Work, 32(1), 39-54.
  • Baradon, T., Fonagy, P., Bland, K., Lenard, K., & Sleed, M. (2008). New Beginnings-an experience-based programme addressing the attachment relationship between mothers and their babies in prisons. Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 34, 240.
  • Bush-Baskette, S., & Patino, V. (2004). The National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Evaluation of the Project Development of National Institute of Correction’s/Child Welfare League of America’s Planning and Intervention Sites Funded to Address Needs of Children of Incarcerated Parents. Oakland: CA: National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
  • Browne, D. C. H. (1989). Incarcerated mothers and parenting. Journal of Family Violence, 4, 211-221.
  • Carlson, J. R. (2001). Prison nursery 2000: A five-year review of the prison nursery at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 33, 75-98.
  • Carlson, J. R. (1998). Evaluating the effectiveness of a live-in nursery within a women’s prison. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 27, 73-85.
  • Casey-Acevedo, K., Bakken, T., & Karle, A. (2005). Children visiting mothers in prison: The effects on mothers’ behaviour and disciplinary adjustment. Violence & Abuse Abstracts, 11.
  • Davies, E., Brazzell, D., La Vigne, N. G., & Shollenberger, T. (2008). Understanding the experiences and needs of children of incarcerated parents: Views from mentors. Baltimore, MD: The Urban Institute.
  • Harm, N. J., & Thompson, P. (1997). Evaluating the effectiveness of parent education for incarcerated mothers. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 24, 135-152.
  • Information Technology International. (2004). Annual evaluation report for the VIP Mentoring Program. Potomac, MD: Author.
  • Kubiak, S. P., Young, A., Siefert, K., & Stewart, A. (2004). Pregnant substance-abusing, and incarcerated: Exploratory study of a comprehensive approach to treatment. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services, 85, 177-186.
  • Laakso, J., & Nygaard, J. (2007). Final report of the Children of Incarcerated Parents Project: How mentoring can make a difference. Washington State Department of Corrections. Contact jlaakso@u.washington.edu.
  • Landreth, G. L., & Lobaugh, A. F. (1998). Filial therapy with incarcerated fathers: Effects on parental acceptance of child, parental stress, and child adjustment. Journal of Counseling and Development, 76(2), 157-165.
  • Lopez, C. & Bhat, C. (2007). Supporting students with incarcerated parents in schools: A group intervention. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 32, 139.
  • Meek, R. (2007). Parenting education for young fathers in prison. Child and Family Social Work, 12, 239-247.
  • Moore, A. R., & Clement, M. J. (1998). Effects of parenting training for incarcerated mothers. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 27, 57-72.
  • Mott Children’s Health (nd). Project SEEK (Service to Enable and Empower Kids). Flint, MI: Author.
  • Phillips, S. D. (2008). The Bill of Rights for Children of Incarcerated Parents technical assistance project: Contextual factors. Chicago, IL: Jane Addams College of Social Work.
  • Phillips, S. D. (2008). The Bill of Rights for Children of Incarcerated Parents technical assistance project: Evaluation report. Chicago, IL: Jane Addams College of Social Work.
  • Sandifer, J. L. (2008). Evaluating the efficacy of a parenting program for incarcerated mothers. The Prison Journal, 88(3), 423-445.
  • Showers, J. (1993). Assessing and remedying parenting knowledge among women inmates. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 20, 35-46.
  • Springer, D. W., Lynch, C., & Rubin, A. (2000). Effects of a solution-focused mutual aid group for Hispanic children of incarcerated parents. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 17, 431-442.

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