Almost everyone is an evaluator. You evaluate things everyday. Often, you decide what you like from what you don’t like. Sometimes, you share your opinions with others. In some cases, you ask your friends for their opinions. You make decisions based on these evaluations.
Programs like Project Kealahou have specific goals. One of our goals is to evaluate the project. We want to know how the project is helping girls and their families. The project can only accomplish this by conducting a program evaluation. But what is program evaluation? According to Patton (1997), program evaluation is “the systematic collection of information about the activities, characteristics, and outcomes of programs to make judgments about the program, improve program effectiveness, and/or inform decisions about future programming.”
If you are enrolled in Project Kealahou, you may be eligible to participate in the National Evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families program. Participation in this evaluation may help us determine how Project Kealahou is helping you, your family, and others in your community. A member of the evaluation team will contact you to talk in more detail about the study, answer your questions and invite you to participate if you are eligible.
For more specific information for girls about the evaluation, please see For Girls: Participating in the Evaluation Study and the Evaluation section of the website.