Nicole Dedobbeleer

Spring

Les défis de l’évaluation développementale en recherche: une analyse d’implantation d’un projet «Hôpital promoteur de santé»

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1-26

Developmental evaluation (DE), an approach developed by Patton to support the implementation of innovations, remains relatively untested in research. This article describes an attempt to apply DE as part of an implementation study of a healthpromoting hospital project in a university hospital. The article highlights the dichotomous demands of academic research and evaluation use inherent in applying DE from a research perspective, and analyzes the challenges encountered in this case. The conclusion is that DE can be used in research, provided that preliminary context analysis is done to anticipate the challenges related to integrating the demands of research and evaluation use.

Special Issue

Logic Analysis: Testing Program Theory to Better Evaluat e Complex Interventions

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61-89

Evaluating complex interventions requires an understanding of the program's logic of action. Logic analysis, a specific type of program theory evaluation based on scientific knowledge, can help identify either the critical conditions for achieving desired outcomes or alternative interventions for that purpose. In this article, we outline the principles of logic analysis and its roots. We then illustrate its use with an actual evaluation case. Finally, we discuss the advantages of conducting logic analysis prior to other types of evaluations. This article will provide evaluators with both theoretical and practical information to help them in conceptualizing their evaluations.