Week 8 Discussion

Week 8 Discussion

Next term you will begin the actual implementation of the program evaluation.  What statistical analyses will you need to conduct in order to determine the effectiveness of your programs?  Be sure to address each program; include the measurement scale of the variables that you will be analyzing as well as the statistics needed to analyze the data.

The Children’s Anxiety Treatment Center (CATC)

Program goal – By using family-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Children’s Anxiety Treatment Center (CATC) aims to alleviate child participants’ anxious symptoms aged 3-11 years old. Clinically uncomfortable thoughts and emotions may lead to the formation of or maintenance of a mental condition if they are not controlled by patients, clients, or participants in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) (Cooper, 2018). Aiming to alleviate children’s anxiety and improve their overall well-being is the primary purpose of the CATC program.

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Evaluation Questions – How much less worried are participants in the CATC program compared to those in a control group after participating?

Evaluation question – As stated by Hogan (2019), in order to make judgments regarding a program’s efficacy and worth (or lack thereof), evaluators must present adequate evidence of quality.

Evidence – Anxious symptoms in the intervention group (those who undergo CBT) must be reduced statistically significantly as compared to the control group in order to indicate the causal influence of the treatment (2017). If these decreases are indeed substantial, they may be examined using statistical approaches, such as assessing effect size.

Data collection – in order to claim statistical and practical significance for an intervention, researchers must rely on the meticulous collection of quantifiable data, which is based on measurable dependent and independent variables of interest (Monsen, 2017)

The Adult Substance Abuse Treatment Program (ASATP)

Program goals – Through Motivational Interviewing (MI) counseling sessions, the ASATP aims to decrease drug use among individuals aged 18 to 64. Participant’s drug usage is drastically reduced, and overall functioning improves owing to the therapy (Lin, Frank & Douaihy, 2019).

Evaluation questions – Compared to the control group, does the ASATP result in a statistically significant decrease in drug use and an improvement in the functioning of participants?

Evidence – The ASATP evaluation procedure is similar to the CATC program in that, evaluators must present adequate evidence of merit before making assertions regarding its performance (Hogan, 2019). As a result, in order to confidently claim that an intervention is effective, evaluators of the ASATP must demonstrate a statistically and practically significant reduction in substance use levels, as well as an increase in functioning, among participants in their intervention program, when compared to a control group.

Data collection – ASATP data criteria are similar to those of the CATC program in that the collection of quantifiable data based on the measurement of dependent/independent variables of interest is a condition for participation. The ASATP’s overall efficacy might be gleaned from a thorough examination of the data gathered in this study.

References

Cooper, R. (2018). Diagnosing the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. Routledge.

Hogan, T. P. (2019). Psychological testing: A practical introduction. John Wiley & Sons.

Lin, L. yi, Frank, L. R., & Douaihy, A. (2019). Substance use and motivational interviewing. Motivational Interviewing in HIV Care, 105–114.

https://doi.org/10.1093/med/9780190619954.003.0011

Monsen, K. A. (2017). Tools for intervention effectiveness research, Quality Improvement Activities, and program evaluation. Intervention Effectiveness Research: Quality Improvement and Program Evaluation, 41–52. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-61246-1_4