Daniel Fortin

Fall

valuation de l'implantation et des effets d'un programme de soutien intensif offert à des familles afin d'éviter un placement en milieu substitut

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47-69

This article focuses on the evaluation of a form of intervention with families where there is a risk that a child may be placed in a substitute environment. The program, implemented by the Centre jeunesse de Montréal, was reviewed by evaluators for close to five years. Intervention is characterized by: 1) rapid mobilization of various participants, 2) intensity, and 3) a limited time-frame. Caseworkers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, generally intervene in the family environment, and provide varied therapeutic and technical support. The evaluation focuses on: 1) the characteristics of the families and services, 2) the impact of the program on placement rates and reporting following intervention, and 3) the impact of the program on family functioning and the children's well-being. The discussion suggests ways of alleviating problems in the evaluation of intervention programs in child services.

Spring

Une démarche en partenariat pour la construction d'un instrument d'évaluation

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97-114

A self-managed community group, mandated to assist young offenders in completing compensatory and educational measures, requested the help of a community psychologist in developing an instrument to evaluate its community work program. This article describes the collaborative process by which the instrument was developed. Despite the technical nature of the project, the community psychologist sought to maximize staff participation in each step of the process. This approach is consistent with the democratic values of community psychology as well as the organizational culture of' the particular community group.

Fall

Perspectives épistémologiques et cadre conceptuel pour l'évaluation de l'implantation d'une action concertée

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57-83

The current enthusiasm within the health and social services for complex, multi-partner, collaborative interventions has created a need for systematic evaluation. However, given the complexity of both the interventions to be implemented and of the collaborative process itself, the evaluation must be adapted ill light of these factors. From an epistemological point of view, the main consideration is to monitor the intervention-building process with the concerned parties. From a conceptual point of view, four types of issues emerge: the nature of the collaborative action, its developmental process, its characteristics, and the changes it brings about. Finally, it is argued that the participative approach is most appropriate for this type of study.