Process Evaluation and Continuous Improvement in Community Youth Programs

Jennifer V. Trachtenberg, Iva Kosutic, Jessica A. Sanderson, Stephen A. Anderson, Ronald M. Sabatelli


A method of using process evaluation to provide improvement plans in order to promote community youth programs is described. The core elements of this method include the following: (1) collection and analysis of baseline data, (2) feedback provided to programs describing their strengths and limitations, (3) programs provided with assistance in preparing improvement plans in regard to their baseline data, and (4) follow-up evaluation assessed program changes based on their improvement plans and baseline data. A case study of an inner-city neighborhood youth center is used to demonstrate this method.

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