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RAND suicide prevention program evaluation toolkit

Author: Joie D AcostaRajeev RamchandAmariah BeckerAlexandria FeltonAaron KofnerAll authors
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Evaluating suicide prevention programs can be challenging because suicide is a rare event, data on suicides often lag by several years, and programs tend to have multiple components, making it difficult to discern which characteristics contributed to a given outcome. The RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit was designed to help program staff overcome these common challenges to evaluating and planning  Read more...
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Acosta, Joie D.
RAND suicide prevention program evaluation toolkit
(OCoLC)867483367
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joie D Acosta; Rajeev Ramchand; Amariah Becker; Alexandria Felton; Aaron Kofner; National Defense Research Institute (U.S.). Forces and Resources Policy Center,; Rand Corporation,; United States. Department of Defense. Office of the Secretary of Defense,
ISBN: 9780833085306 0833085301
OCLC Number: 875686108
Language Note: English.
Notes: "TL-111-OSD"--Page 4 of cover.
"RAND National Defense Research Institute."
"This research was ... conducted within the Forces and Resources Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute"--Preface.
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 177 pages) : color illustrations
Contents: Introduction and overview --
Identify your program's core components and build a logic model --
Design an evaluation for your program --
Select evaluation measures for your program --
Analyze your program's evaluation data --
Use evaluation data to improve your program --
Appendix A: Summary of program evaluation studies, by program type --
Appendix B: Glossary of terms.
Responsibility: Joie D. Acosta, Rajeev Ramchand, Amariah Becker, Alexandria Felton, Aaron Kofner.

Abstract:

Evaluating suicide prevention programs can be challenging because suicide is a rare event, data on suicides often lag by several years, and programs tend to have multiple components, making it difficult to discern which characteristics contributed to a given outcome. The RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit was designed to help program staff overcome these common challenges to evaluating and planning improvements to their programs. It begins by walking users through the process of developing a program logic model that ties program activities to intermediate outcomes, helping staff better understand the drivers of any changes in long-term outcomes, such as suicide rates. It then offers information about the latest evaluation research, helps users design an evaluation that is appropriate for their program type and available resources and expertise, supports the selection of measures for new evaluations and to augment or enhance ongoing evaluations, and offers basic guidance on how to analyze and use evaluation data for program improvement. Through checklists, worksheets, and templates, the toolkit takes users step by step through the process of identifying whether their programs produce beneficial effects, ultimately informing the responsible allocation of scarce resources. The toolkit́⁰₉s design and content are the result of a rigorous, systematic review of the program evaluation literature to identify evaluation approaches, measures, and tools used elsewhere and will be particularly useful to coordinators and directors of suicide prevention programs in the U.S. Department of Defense, Veterans Health Administration, community-based settings, and state and local health departments. A companion report, Development and Pilot Test of the RAND Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Toolkit, offers additional background on the toolkit's design and refinement.

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