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ERIC Number: EJ1060714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
Does My Program Really Make a Difference? Program Evaluation Utilizing Aggregate Single-Subject Data
Burns, Catherine E.
American Journal of Evaluation, v36 n2 p191-203 Jun 2015
In the current climate of increasing fiscal and clinical accountability, information is required about overall program effectiveness using clinical data. These requests present a challenge for programs utilizing single-subject data due to the use of highly individualized behavior plans and behavioral monitoring. Subsequently, the diversity of the client-specific programming does not yield data that are easily aggregated to inform program evaluations for effectiveness. This issue was addressed in one New England community mental health center providing school-based treatment for youth with significant emotional and behavioral disorders. After developing a behavior categorization system, behavior analysts reported client-specific behavioral progress into a main database. Aggregate data were then analyzed to provide information about overall program effectiveness using two reporting measures. The utility of aggregated single-subject data to inform clinical practice, clients, and program stakeholders is discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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