ERIC Number: ED264489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Evaluation of Adult Day Care: Perspectives of the Researcher versus the Practitioner.
Browne, Ellen; Cicirelli, Vic
The problems and usefulness of an evaluation plan used to evaluate the adult day care services at Parkside Human Services Corporation are examined in this report. After the initial agreed upon objectives of the evaluation are given, the basic problem of disagreement between practitioner and researcher on operation of the program during the evaluation is detailed. Modified objectives and a method of evaluation suitable to both practitioner and researcher are then listed. The three types of data collected (trend data, tracking data, and data on clients' and family caregivers' satisfaction with the day care program) are mentioned, followed by a description of how each type of data was used in the evaluation. An assessment of the evaluation methods concludes that although not scientifically rigorous, the method is practical because of its easy implementation. It is noted that this method can be used to determine progress in achieving desired changes in clients and to suggest hypotheses about modifying program activities to help clients maintain or resume progress. (ABB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Geronotological Society (38th, New Orleans, LA, November 22-26, 1985).