Program Development in the 21st Century
An Evidence-Based Approach to Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
- Nancy G. Calley - University of Detroit - Mercy, USA
The most in-depth examination of mental health program development available today
Offering practical strategies and tools readers can use on the job, this comprehensive book covers the practices, conditions, and legislative issues that affect program development. Using a unique 14-step model, the author guides readers through every stage of the process, from identifying a need, establishing a research basis, and designing the clinical program through implementing, evaluating, and sustaining the program. This valuable work captures the most significant changes that have occurred in human services and mental health program development over the last decade and demonstrates the need for mental health professionals to be well versed in business, management, and research as well as in clinical skills.
While most Program Development/Evaluation textbooks focus primarily on evaluation. This textbook does a great job at balancing both. While evaluation is certainly important as far as research goes, development in social services agencies is the foundation to which we evaluate. This book does as fine of a job at balancing both of these topics, while covering practical information in the contemporary Social Work climate.
I loved this book. It has all the elements that I was looking for in a program development book. I would love to use it for the course I teach, but the content was too narrowly focused on behavioral health.
This book has very practical insights into program design, implementation and evaluation. They are relevant and real-world. It is an excellent resource f students and faculty.