Theory-driven Evaluation in Action: Lessons from a $20 Million Statewide Work and Health Initiative

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Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (CGU), Community and Global Health (CGU)

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Social and Behavioral Sciences


Despite the burgeoning literature explicating the benefits of theory-driven program development and evaluation, there remains a strong need for practical advice, written insights and experiences, and examples from evaluation practice illustrating how to implement this approach. The purpose of this paper is to move the field closer to a concrete understanding of the strengths, limitations, and challenges of implementing theory-driven program development and evaluation in modern human service organizations. This is accomplished by describing the evaluation process, resulting program theories, and lessons learned from the evaluation a five year, $20 million statewide Work and Health Initiative.

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© 2003 Elsevier B.V.