Planning and Evaluation Analysis
Professor Bailey – HLTH 618
Submitted May 1, 2015
Evaluating existing health programs is necessary in order to determine their effectiveness in promoting positive health outcomes for a given population. This analysis will focus on the planning and evaluation process of two programs: (1) Camp Noah, a faith-based natural disaster-relief program that serves children, and (2) Nutrition for Optimal Performance, a DVD-based intervention for adolescent ballet dancers at-risk for unfavorable dietary habits.
Camp Noah, first implemented in Minnesota, is a weeklong camp that uses the bible story of Noah and the Ark to create an environment that is “therapeutic, but not therapy” (Zotti, Graham, Whitt, Anand, and William, 2006, p. 401). A multi-state evaluation of Camp Noah was conducted by Mississippi Health Department (MHD) employees using the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health (Zotti et al., 2006). The incorporation of faith-based interventions centered on a rather ambiguous curriculum (i.e., music, games, and crafts) contribute towards the difficulty of evaluating this particular program. Campbell et al. (2000) recognize the difficulty of evaluating programs with complex interventions, ones in which the intervention may not be fully defined.
Overall, there are several biases in the program evaluation of the Camp Noah. The MHD, which uses its Title V state funds to support Camp Noah, participated in the evaluation process (Zotti et al., 2006). It is possible that members of the MDH evaluation team would be inclined to interpret data more favorably in order to justify why they continued funding a progra...
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Campbell, M., Fitzpatrick, R., Haines, A., Kinmonth, A., Sandercock, P., Spiegelhalter, D., & Tyrer, P. (2000). Framework for design and evaluation of complex interventions to improve health. BMJ 321, 694-696.
Doyle-Lucas, A. F., & Davy, B. M. (2011). Development and evaluation of an educational intervention program for pre-professional adolescent ballet dancers: Nutrition for optimal performance. Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, 15(2), 65-75.
Schneider, M. (2014). Problems and limits of epidemiology. Introduction to public health (pp.79-83). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
Zotti, M., Graham, J., Whitt, A., Anand, S., & Replogle, W. (2006). Evaluation of a multistate faith-based program for children affected by natural disaster. Public Health Nursing, 23(5), 400-409. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1446.2006.00579.x
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