Reporting a program evaluation: Needs, program plan, intervention, and decisions

Salvador Chacón Moscosoa, Susana Sanduvete Chaves, Mariona Portell Vidal, M. Teresa Anguera Argilaga

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The approach to intervention programs varies depending on the methodological perspective adopted. This means that health professionals lack clear guidelines regarding how best to proceed, and it hinders the accumulation of knowledge. The aim of this paper is to set out the essential and common aspects that should be included in any program evaluation report, thereby providing a useful guide for the professional regardless of the procedural approach used. Furthermore, the paper seeks to integrate the different methodologies and illustrate their complementarity, this being a key aspect in terms of real intervention contexts, which are constantly changing. The aspects to be included are presented in relation to the main stages of the evaluation process: needs, objectives and design (prior to the intervention), implementation (during the intervention), and outcomes (after the intervention). For each of these stages the paper describes the elements on which decisions should be based, highlighting the role of empirical evidence gathered through the application of instruments to defined samples and according to a given procedure. © 2012 Asociación Española de Psicología Conductual.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-66
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Design
  • Needs
  • Program evaluation
  • Report
  • Theoretical study


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