John Sylvestre

Spring

Secure Data Handling: An Essential Competence for Evaluators

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Since it is paramount that the rights and welfare of evaluation participants and stakeholders be respected, we argue that the abilities and knowledge necessary to appropriately safeguard data ought to be considered an essential competence for evaluators. Building from past contributions, and in consultation with research ethics and data security experts from our home institution, recommended practices in the collection, handling, and storage of evaluation data were identified. A three- dimensional framework for secure data handling was developed, considering type of information handled, harm posed by a potential confidentiality breach, and corresponding steps to securing confidential information.

Spring

Evaluating the Early Implementation of a Community Crisis Bed Program for People Experiencing a Psychiatric Emergency Using Key Component Scaling

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157-178

This article describes an evaluation of the early implementation of a community crisis bed program for people experiencing a psychiatric emergency. A Key Component Scaling approach was used (a) to provide detailed and specific data on the implementation of particular program components, (b) to facilitate a comparison of perceptions of program implementation across program partners, and (c) to increase program understanding by these various partners. Three stakeholder groups (mobile crisis team staff, bed provider staff, and community partners) provided quantitative and qualitative data that helped to identify well-implemented program components, challenges in implementation, and suggestions for improvements.

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.