ERIC Number: ED454230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Year Three Evaluation: On the Right Track.
King, Christopher T.
Researchers evaluated On the Right Track, which works to prevent secondary conditions for Texans with disabilities. The three main goals are: science (knowledge concerning the magnitude and severity of disabilities and secondary conditions); service (promoting healthy lifestyles by increasing awareness of the need for preventing secondary conditions among consumers, providers, and policymakers); and leadership (strengthening the Texas Department of Health's [TDH's] leadership role in understanding and preventing secondary conditions associated with disabilities in the learning domain). Evaluation activities addressed process and implementation aspects. Researchers reviewed project documents and interviewed current and former project staff, TDH staff, key people at specific sites, and Southwest Texas State University researchers. The first 3 years were not totally successful in terms of the three goals. There were continuing contracting and staff turnover problems at all levels, shifts in project focus, and difficulties securing required approvals. The science goal was most problematic. Most of the research components had not succeeded as science projects by year 3. Service and leadership activities were more successful. A Web site became operational and accessible, and most promotional activities had occurred. Staff made substantial progress in bolstering the agency's leadership position in the disability policy area. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Health Promotion, Leadership, Life Style, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Quality of Life
Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, 3001 Lake Austin Boulevard, Suite 3200, Austin, TX 78703. Tel: 512-471-7891.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS), Atlanta, GA.; Texas State Dept. of Health, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
Identifiers - Location: Texas