Action research, Clinical psychology, Consultants, Human services
A model for program evaluation with pertinent data from a variety of methods applied in six settings is described. The settings include two university clinical psychology programs at Alabama and Kansas; the Memphis Internship Consortium; the University of Arkansas Student Development Center component of the Counseling Unit; and two county social service agencies, Benton and Washington counties in Arkansas. The evaluations of the clinical psychology training programs are described in some detail herein to augment (and antedate in methodology) the seperate presentations of programs in the other four settings. The model format includes entree to setting, shared planning, participation in data collection by setting personnel, informal oral feedback with all setting participants,formal feedback between researcher and program, and a continuing relationship between researcher and program. The model encourages a continuity of relationship between researcher and program to stimulate shared involvement over time, increasing the likelihood that findings will have an effect upon future program practices. Methods include interviews with participants, group meetings with participants, stream of behavior accounts and occupancy counts of concurrent feelings of program participants, and questionnaire data. These methods separate parsons and settings so that feedback of findings may be individualized, and personally relevant data as well as program relevant data may be provided to participants.
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