Janet Durbin

Special Issue

No matter how you land: challenges of a longitudinal multi-site evaluation

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1-28

In an earlier article, we described the mindset and process for implementing and conducting a multi-site study. In this article, we take the perspective of the multi-site study's coordinating centre. Using the Community Mental Health Evaluation Initiative as a case study, we focus on four major aspects of the initiative — data collection and management, the evaluated programs, partnerships, and knowledge transfer. We discuss a variety of challenges that we faced in relation to these activities during the course of our longitudinal multi-site study and how we met them — both those actions that were met with success and those that were not.

The use of the Mulh Community Ability Scale as a program evaluation tool

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135-157

The Mulh Community Ability Scale (MCAS) is a standardized measure of functioning of people with mental illness living in the community. This study assessed feasibility and utility of the MCAS for routine outcome monitoring of clients enrolled in intensive community support programs. Burden related to training and administration was assessed and scale properties were evaluated, using data collected from a multisite community mental health evaluation initiative. Minimum effort was required to achieve good inter-rater reliability and administer the measure. The validity of the MCAS for measuring change in community functioning in new program clients was supported. However, MCAS ratings for ongoing clients were stable. Future studies can assess the relevance of the MCAS for measuring improvement in this client group.