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ERIC Number: EJ1119883
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
Evidence-Based Interventions Are Necessary but Not Sufficient for Achieving Outcomes in Each Setting in a Complex World: Empowerment Evaluation, Getting to Outcomes, and Demonstrating Accountability
Wandersman, Abraham; Alia, Kassandra; Cook, Brittany S.; Hsu, Lewis L.; Ramaswamy, Rohit
American Journal of Evaluation, v37 n4 p544-561 Dec 2016
Many evaluations of programs tend to show few outcomes. One solution to this has been an increasing prominence of the movement that requires programs to implement evidence-based interventions (EBIs). But in a complex world with complex organizations and complex interventions, many challenges have arisen to the implementation of EBIs with fidelity to achieve outcomes at scale. This includes challenges to achieving outcomes in each setting. In this article, we propose the use of empowerment evaluation and one of its major approaches (Getting To Outcomes [GTO]) as a promising method to address the challenges, and GTO can help organizations achieve outcomes by leading them through a set of "accountability questions" for implementing EBIs in their particular setting. These questions can be asked at multiple levels (e.g., national, state, and local organizations) responsible for achieving outcomes. Although we illustrate the possibilities with examples from health care and public health, the potential strategies can be applied to many areas of health and human services and education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)
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