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    First, select the program evaluation model that you will be using (Chyung, Wisniewski, Inderbitzen, & Campbell, 2013, p. 92), and offer your rationale for choosing this model in one paragraph.
    Next, use Steps 1-4 in Table 2 of the Chyung, Wisniewski, Inderbitzen, and Campbell article (2013, p. 93) to identify:

    The evaluand (the hypothetical program to be evaluated).
    The overall purpose and type of evaluation to be conducted.
    The stakeholders of the program.

    Finally, develop a one-page logic model for the hypothetical program you are evaluating, and upload it with your discussion post. Use the video you viewed earlier in this unit to develop your understanding of logic models. The Program Logic Model (Chyung, Wisniewski, Inderbitzen, & Campbell, 2013, p. 97) offers an example of a clear but succinct way to present a logic model for a program.

    I was thinking about doing adolescents with addiction?

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    Program Evaluation & Logic Model:
    The SMART Recovery Teen & Youth Support Program

    According to Wall (n.d.), "An evaluation is a purposeful, systematic, and careful collection and analysis of information used for the purpose of documenting the effectiveness and impact of programs, establishing accountability and identifying areas needing change and improvement." There are many ways to do a systematic evaluation and the kind of evaluation used is influenced by the purpose, timing and procedures used in the program. These include summative evaluation (analysis of outcome) and formative evaluation (analysis of specific aspects of the program while it is being implemented to see about necessary improvements), among many others. Then there are specifically designed evaluations like the accountability-oriented program evaluation proposed by Chyung, Wisniewski, Inderbitzen, & Campbell (2013). This can be used together with various approaches (perspectives used by evaluators when they undertake an evaluation - think of it as a kind of 'lens') like the empowerment evaluation by Fetterman and the responsive evaluation by Stake. For the purpose of this evaluation, I feel that Robert Stake's responsive evaluation is most appropriate since the program I have chosen to look requires 'response' in terms of its program activities in relation to the program's impact in helping teens and the youth recover from addiction.

    The Program: SMART

    Smart Recovery is a non-profit organization established and run by volunteers since 1991 to help people recover from various ...

    Solution Summary

    The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of program evaluation. Under evaluation is the SMART Recovery program for addiction focused on teens and the youth. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.