Week Four Discussion Consider the various research designs presented in Chapter 3. Given the goals and objectives of the two social services agency progra
Week Four Discussion Consider the various research designs presented in Chapter 3. Given the goals and objectives of the two social services agency programs you identified in week 3, discuss possible research designs that could be used to evaluate outcomes at your agency.
What would be the best design to answer your evaluation questions?
What are the pros and cons of your design choice?
Does the choice of your design pose any additional ethical considerations?
What would be the best sampling method for your population?
What is the assessment schedule? (In other words, how often/when will the participants be evaluated, and at which time points?) Welcome Behavioral Health Agency Programs
Children’s Programs (ages 3 through 11)
Children’s Anxiety Treatment Center
Children’s Mental Health Treatment Program
Adolescent Programs (ages 12 through 17)
Adolescent Eating Disorders Clinic
Behavioral Family Therapy
Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program
Functional Family Therapy
Adult Programs (ages 18 through 64)
Adult Trauma Survivors Treatment Program
Adult Mental Health Treatment Program
Adult Mental Health Treatment Program – Spanish Language
Adult Substance Abuse Treatment Program
Adult Opiate Abuse Treatment
Adult Co-occurring Disorders Treatment Program
Adult Psychiatric Service
Older Adult Programs (ages 65 and above)
Older Adult Depression Program
Older Adult Depression Program – Spanish Language
Older Adult Substance Abuse Treatment Program
Brief Intervention, Community Support
Welcome Behavioral Health Agency (WBHA) is a fictitious not-for-profit social services provider serving children, adolescents, and adults in Sunny Days, Florida. The agency prides itself on providing evidenced-based outpatient treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues to people of all ages in the community. WBHA is funded by a variety of sources, including grants from the state and several foundations.
The agency will need to submit applications to renew their funding within the next year. However, the funding sources now require that the renewal applications include evidence of the effectiveness of their programs. WBHA must provide data to demonstrate that their programs are effective in reducing mental health and substance abuse symptoms and increasing functionality in their clients.
The agency has hired the students in this course as Program Evaluation Consultants. Your job is to develop a system to collect data at appropriate time points to be able to determine outcomes of their programs. Each student will be responsible for evaluating two of the agency’s individual programs.