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Measuring Program Results for Abstinence-Until-Marriage Programs.

Publication Year: 
2006
Personal Author: 
ChannahSorah, Vijaya.
Corporate Author: 
Planning and Learning Technologies (Pal-Tech).
Training Material
Page Count: 
74
Journal Title: 
Training Module for Measuring Program Results: Abstinence Education Grantees.

Intended for those implementing an Abstinence Education program, this guidebook explains how federal grantees should measure program results. It begins by explaining that measuring program results includes three major elements: outcomes measurement, program evaluation, and logic modeling. Reasons for gathering data and the differences between outcomes/output measurement and program evaluation are then reviewed. Section 2 of the guide provides an overview of performance measurement and key terms, and discusses setting targets for success indicators. The following section describes the components of program evaluation and types of primary evaluation methods, including randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental design, nonexperimental pre-post design, and single-group longitudinal study. Recommendations are made on what to look for and ask about in a potential third-party contractor evaluation proposal, how to use evaluation reporting to alter approaches, and how to cope with challenges. Section 4 provides information about developing and using logic models in evaluation and measurement work. Construction of a logic model is explained, and an abstinence education logic model template is provided. A list of resources for performance measurement, program evaluation, and logic modeling is also included. Appendices include a chart highlighting examples of good performance measures and guidelines for logic model development and use.

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