Use of Program Evaluation in Community Youth Tobacco Cessation Programs
Abstract:Objective : To examine the inclusion of program evaluation components in a national sample of youth tobacco cessation programs.
Methods : Program administrators were interviewed to ascertain program characteristics associated with the inclusion of program evaluation components.
Results : Two thirds of all surveyed programs (n=591) had an evaluation component; most included attendance, user satisfaction, and quitting measures. Programs with an evaluation component were significantly more likely to report annual funding greater than the median and to conduct a follow-up with participants.
Conclusion : Program characteristics and associated evaluation components are summarized, and recommendations are given for a minimal level of program evaluation planning.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2010
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