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Use of Stages of Change Model to Guide Evaluation Development.

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Griffin, Melody.
Smith, Thomas.
Adler-Baeder, Francesca.
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Phase II of the CYFAR Project, Beginning Education Early: Strengthening Rural Alabama Families (BEE), is being implemented in three Alabama counties through the Alabama Extension System county offices. The goals for Phase II of the BEE project are to increase parental capacity to (1) initiate contact and interact productively with community services related to children's health; and (2) develop effective co-parenting relationships across a variety of family forms and structures. Health and relationship learning modules were developed to meet these two goals. Once these modules were developed, the next step was to determine how to accurately evaluate the impact of these programs. The Stages of Change Model assesses change in behaviors by capturing movement towards change through its stages. (While the original purpose of the model was to assess behavioral change, we also adapted it for use in assessing change in awareness.) In this model, the term "stage" refers both to the occurrence of change, as well as motivational readiness.(Author abstract).

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