Monitoring and Evaluating Community Action Projects: A Case Study

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Community action projects undertaken by the staff of the Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario aim to involve community members in establishing or .improving programs and policies concerning the prevention and treatment of substance abuse. This article describes ways in which such projects ects are monitored and evaluated. All projects have a built-in evaluation component that yields information on target groups, clients, inputs and the programs and policies established or improved as a result of the project. For some projects this component assesses the impacts of new or improved services or policies on target groups. The impacts of the Foundation's community action projects are also evaluated in projects conducted by Foundation scientists. Some advantages and limitations of these arrangements are considered.

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