Methodological challenges in evaluating mobile crisis psychiatric programs

Mobile crisis psychiatric programs (MCPPs) are innovative community interventions that have gained acceptance in the health, social and political environments. In Canada they are becoming widely implemented and the need to evaluate them is pressing. Unfortunately, there has been very little formal evaluation of them and virtually no data as to their effectiveness. Part of the reason for this deficiency may be the methodological challenges inherent in these programs.

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The Usefulness of a Standardized Form for the Process Analysis Stage: A Case Study

Process analysis is useful in determining how, why, and under what conditions a program succeeds or fails in creating certain outcomes. Process analysis is conceptually appealing because the results can be used for program replication, improvement and pruning. As well, process analysis aids in the identification of confounding variables operating in a program that may effect outcomes. Unfortunately, a major practice obstacle in conducting process analysis is determining measures and methods for collecting process data.

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