Joanna Ochocka

Special Issue

Guest Editors' Remarks/Un mot des rédacteurs invités

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A comprehensive evaluation framework for mental health consumer/survivor organizations: values, conceptualization, design, and action

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29-53

This article provides a framework for the evaluation of mental health consumer/survivor organizations that consists of four main components: (a) participatory processes, (b) conceptualization of the activities and outcomes at the individual and systems levels of these organizations, (c) the combination of quantitative and qualitative methods for examining activities and outcomes, and (d) dissemination and action. We assert that these components form a comprehensive and holistic framework for evaluating mental health consumer/survivor organizations; we illustrate how these components can be put into action through a case study of four mental health consumer/survivor organizations in Ontario; and we reflect on the lessons that we have learned in conducting this evaluation.

Fall

Findings from the Ontario regional evaluation of the Community Action Program for Children

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29-56

The Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) is a federal government initiative that funds community groups to develop local projects with the goal of supporting the development of children and strengthening families. This article describes a first round of a regional provincial-level evaluation of 30 CAPC projects in Ontario. A participatory action research approach to evaluation was used to describe the local projects and their achievements to date, and to develop a common evaluation framework for later rounds of evaluation. The evaluation identified seven categories to describe the activities and programs of projects in Ontario and ten categories of short-term outcomes through a content analysis of local evaluation reports. The evaluation found that most projects have adopted flexible, ecological and comprehensive project models centred on family support to create lasting change in the CAPC priority outcome areas.