Which topics in this course have had the greatest effect on your perception of program evaluation? Why? What ideas from the course may inform your dissertation research? How?

8.2 – Kimbrilee Schmitz
Which topics in this course have had the greatest effect on your perception of program evaluation? Why? What ideas from the course may inform your dissertation research? How?

The topics that have had the greatest effect on my perception of program evaluation involve the planning methods. Learning how much is involved in planning what will be evaluated, how it data will be collected, and how the data is analyzed has made me appreciate how much work goes into evaluating a program. When choosing what will be evaluated an evaluator must know the mission and goals of the organization. Knowing what information needs to be gathered will lead into how the data is collected. The evaluator must know if the data collection methods will be qualitative, quantitative, or a mixture of both. The data collection method chosen will affect the data analysis method (Schalock, Lee, Verdugo, Swart, Claes, Loon, Lee, 2014).

The planning process that I learned in this class will help me with my dissertation planning. It has taught me that I must have a good plan in place before I can move on to my research. Planning takes time, but this is a part of the process that cannot be taken lightly and must be focused. If the planning process is rushed the whole dissertation can fail to meet its intended

Schalock, R., Lee, M., Verdugo, M., Swart, K., Claes, C., Loon, J., & Lee, C. (2014). An evidence-based approach to organization evaluation and change in human service organizations evaluation and program planning. Evaluation and Program Planning, 45, 110-118. Retrieved from: http://www.sciencedirect.com.lopes.idm.oclc.org/science/article/pii/S014971891400038X

There are many ways to avoid ethical concerns like invasion of privacy, breach of confidentiality, and other ethical concerns when conducting a program evaluation. The researcher should use both the APA and Evaluation Research Society Code of Ethics. The APA has six ethical principles and the Evaluation Research Society has additional principles to guide the researcher. An example in the APA code deals with do No harm to participants. No harm to participants includes how to obtain informed consent, how to treat data with the utmost of care, and how to keep the information gathered confidential. Other ethical guidelines include role conflicts and choosing valid instruments (Jennings, 2013). Technology can also play a huge part in improving ethics during the program evaluation. Technology can assist with efficiency, process and outcome evaluation, participant registration, and participant tracking/retention (Materia et al., 2016). Ethical concerns may influence changes to the program evaluation in an array of incidences. For example, a program may be found to be ineffective during the program evaluation. The researcher will need to know how to deal with stakeholders and ramifications of the findings (like abolishment of the program, funding consequences, etc.). Following professional ethical guidelines is the best way to avoid ethical
dilemmas during a program evaluation.
Jennings (2013). Ethical Dissemination of Evaluation Information. Personal Collection of Dr. Jennings, Grand Canyon
University, Phoenix, AZ.
Materia, F., Miller, E., Runion, M., Chesnut, R., Irvin, J., Richardson, C., & Perkins, D. (2016). Let’s get technical: Enhancing
program evaluation through the use and integration of internet and mobile technologies. Evaluation and Program
Planning, 56, 31-42.
Chris Traffanstedt
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Re:Module 8 DQ 1
The first place one must begin to uphold ethical issues of privacy and confidentiality is to root oneself in the APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. This is the foundational document that gives the principles that must be followed to assure ethical action within all types of research and practice. This document covers the various issues that one will face and gives groundwork information on how to approach each issues ethically.

This is important for everyone involved in this process of program evaluation. First, by assuring privacy issues it gives the evaluator the ability to get truthful information from those involved so that the program can be fully assessed. If privacy cannot be upheld there can be no surety that people will be honest about what is exactly taking place in the program.

However, if ethical principles are upheld then the evaluation can rest in these principles and can offer change that impact the program.

APA, (2010). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct Retrieved from: http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx

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