Evaluation of the implementation process of the strengths-based approach based on the theory of diffusion of innovation
Most policies in the area of mental health recommend the promotion of evidence-based practices. The force-based approach is recognized as a practice that can contribute to the recovery of people with severe mental disorders. However, several studies have raised numerous implementation challenges that limit its scope. An evaluation of the implementation process was conducted with stakeholders who received training on the strength-based approach. The results indicate that training is not sufficient and that institutional commitment is required to ensure the quality of the implementation.
Les conditions gagnantes et les défis pour une participation active des parties prenantes dans un contexte d’évaluation de programmes d’intervention psychosociale
In order to optimize the appropriateness, utilization, and appropriation of an evaluation process, which is often expensive in terms of time and money, we have recently encouraged the increasingly active involvement of various stakeholders (Cousins et Chouinard, 2012). Beyond this orientation, there are important issues concerning the selection and the degree of participation of these stakeholders, as well as obstacles and conditions facilitating their participation (Hurteau, Houle et Marchand, 2012).
There is as yet no clear consensus about the effectiveness of interventions targetting child neglect. This article presents proposals for what to consider when evaluating those programs. First of all, child neglect is more an ecosystemic than a parental problem. An evaluation should therefore focus on changes within and outside the family. The individualized, multimodal nature of the programs makes an implementation fidelity evaluation necessary. Further, the evaluation should examine the factors that support the implementation, sustainability, and distribution of the program.