Rich Janzen

Spring

Assessing the Value of Inductive and Deductive Outcome Measures in Community-Based Programs: Lessons from the City Kidz Evaluation

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41-63

Evaluators of community-based programs frequently need to decide whether to adopt an inductive or deductive approach in developing quantitative outcome measures. This article explores this issue using a case example of a child anti-poverty program called City Kidz. Its recent evaluation combined an inductive and deductive approach to develop a survey. The article describes the City Kidz evaluation and its survey before assessing the value of the survey, considering internal consistency and various aspects of validity. The article concludes with a discussion about the factors that helped and hindered the appropriateness of the survey in light of the inductive and deductive approaches used.

Fall

Using Evaluation to Shape and Direct Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Evaluation, Reflective Practice, and Interventions Dealing with Complexity

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61-88

The purpose of this article is to discuss how evaluation can be used to shape and direct Comprehensive Community Initiatives in an ongoing way. It does so by offering a case example of the Waterloo Region Immigrant Employment Network (WRIEN). The article begins by reviewing how participatory action research can encourage reflective practice. After the WRIEN case example is presented, we consider this example in light of collaborative evaluation literature and five facilitators of reflective practice: (a) be location-based, (b) value experiential and practical knowledge, (c) provide ongoing feedback, (d) facilitate democratic dialogue, and (e) focus on a vision for the common good. The article ends by discussing contributions to the broader evaluation knowledge base, particularly developmental evaluation.

Spring

Putting God in the Logic Model: Developing a National Framework for the Evaluation of Faith-Based Organizations

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1-26

Relative to the contribution that faith-based organizations make to Canadian society, evaluations of them are rare. The challenge for evaluators is to develop evaluation processes that meet the scrutiny of social science yet respect the centrality of faith inherent within their interventions. The challenge is compounded when evaluating faith-based innovation. This article reviews the present status of evaluation in faith-based settings, highlighting its present limitations. It then features an innovative national faith-based evaluation framework that attempted to address these limitations. The article ends with critical reflections on the learnings of this case example in conducting evaluations of faith-based organizations and implications for other sectors.

Special Issue

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.