Informing Youth Health and Well-Being Programs: A National 4-H Healthy Living Evaluation Study

Donna J. Peterson, Laura H. Downey, JoAnne Leatherman

Abstract


4-H Healthy Living programs address healthy eating; physical activity; social-emotional health and well-being; alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use prevention; and injury prevention. Using the Systematic Screening and Assessment Method, this paper identified 32 4-H Healthy Living programs across the nation ready for comprehensive outcome evaluation and/or national replication based on 6 criteria. Weaknesses in an additional 78 programs that did not meet the criteria were also identified. Programs that failed to meet the criteria did so primarily because they lacked a clearly delineated theory of change or appropriate evaluation. Implications for practice include ways to strengthen program planning and use of a comprehensive evaluation framework. Specific attention is given to professional development for 4-H professionals.


Keywords


healthy living; 4-H; effective programs; environmental scan; evaluability assessment

Full Text:

PDF

References


Arnold, M. E. (2015). Connecting the dots: Improving Extension program planning with program umbrella models. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 3(2), 48–67. Retrieved from https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/c8fe6e_8dc5ad8ded104e858ee022fb1ff055d8.pdf

Corporation for National and Community Service. (2012). Overview of funding opportunity. Retrieved from http://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/12_0210_sif_nofa.pdf

Dawkins, N., Wethington, H., Kettel Khan, L., Grunbaum, J. A., Robin, L., Pitt Barnes, S., . . . Leviton, L. C. (2010). Applying the systematic screening and assessment method to childhood obesity prevention. In L. C. Leviton, L. Kettel Khan, & N. Dawkins (Eds.), The systematic screening and assessment method: Finding innovations worth evaluating. New Directions for Evaluation, 2010(125), 33–49. doi:10.1002/ev.319

Dillman, D. A. (2007). Mail and internet surveys (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Downey, L. H., Peterson, D. J., Donaldson, J. L., & Hardman, A. (2017). An Extension application of the RE-AIM evaluation framework. Journal of Extension, 55(3), Article 3IAW1. Retrieved from https://www.joe.org/joe/2017june/iw1.php

Downey, L. H., Peterson, D. J., Le Menestrel, S., Leatherman, J., & Lang, J. (2015). The systematic screening and assessment method: An introduction and application. Journal of Extension, 53(2), Article 2IAW2. Retrieved from https://www.joe.org/joe/2015april/pdf/JOE_v53_2iw2.pdf

Glasgow, R. E., Vogt, T., & Boles, S. (1999). Evaluating the public health impact of health promotion interventions: The RE-AIM framework. American Journal of Public Health, 89(9), 1322–1327. doi:10.2105/AJPH.89.9.1322

Hill, L., McGuire, J., Parker, L., & Sage, R. (2009). 4-H healthy living literature review and recommendations for program planning and evaluation. Retrieved from http://www.4-h.org/resource-library/professional-development-learning/healthy-living-training-guides-resources/

Kettner, P. M., Moroney, R. M., & Martin, L. L. (2017). Designing and managing programs: An effectiveness-based approach (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Knowlton, L. W., & Phillips, C. C. (2013). The logic model guidebook: Better strategies for great results (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Leviton, L. C., & Gutman, M. A. (2010). Overview and rationale for the systematic screening and assessment method. New Directions for Evaluation, 2010(125), 7–31. doi:10.1002/ev.318

National 4-H Council. (2010). Logic models. Retrieved from https://4-h.org/professionals/professional-development/logic-models/

National 4-H Council. (2012, December 21). Request for proposal for 4-H healthy living program scan and evaluability assessment. Chevy Chase, MD: National 4-H Council.

National 4-H Council. (2016). Grow true leaders: National 4-H Council annual report 2016. Retrieved from https://4-h.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/2016-Annual-Report.pdf

National 4-H Healthy Living Task Force. (2009). 4-H healthy living strategic framework for program planning and evaluation. Retrieved from http://www.4-h.org/resource-library/professional-development-learning/healthy-living-training-guides-resources/

Peterson, D. J., Downey, L. H., Leatherman, J., Le Menestrel, S., & Lang, J. (2015). Programmatic environmental scans: A survey based on program planning and evaluation concepts. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 3(3), 143–150. Retrieved from http://media.wix.com/ugd/c8fe6e_4814bc737da246ea96d1d2067328da91.pdf

Rennekamp, R., & Jacobs, C. (n. d.). Program design. Lexington, KY: UK Cooperative Extension Service. Retrieved from https://psd.ca.uky.edu/files/program_design.pdf

Rossi, P. H., Lipsey, M. W., & Freeman, H. E. (2004). Evaluation: A systematic approach (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

United Nations Development Fund for Women. (2009). Guidance notes on carrying out evaluability assessment. Retrieved from http://erc.undp.org/unwomen/resources/guidance/Guidance%20Note%20-%20Carrying%20out%20an%20Evaluability%20Assessment.pdf




DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2018.605

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2018 Donna J. Peterson, Laura H. Downey, JoAnne Leatherman

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.