Promises and Pitfalls in Program Evaluation:
Dr. Ryan Kilmer
Friday, Nov 6, Colvard 4068
This brief talk is framed by two main inputs: (1) a central interest formany community psychologists is the use of evaluation research to guide system change, program refinement, service delivery, and policy; and (2) even though, in our presentations, we largely focus on our successes and what has gone well, that does not always align with our actual experiences. In this talk, I will describe an effort that did not have an optimal outcome. After providing some brief background regarding program evaluation and its potential value, the program of focus (a publicly-funded pre-kindergarten program), and the community and political contexts, I will highlight key findings from our evaluation, the actionable recommendations we put forth, and the real-world barriers encountered in implementing those recommendations.
All are Welcome!!!