Project Evaluation: Where to Start
There are several important considerations to consider when evaluating rural mental health programs. The first
step that is often used when
evaluating a rural mental health program is to create a logic
model, which is:
“…a graphical depiction of the relationship between program inputs, activities, and outcomes.”
a logic model, start with determining the program's needs, goals, and objectives. Steps for developing a
logic model include:
- Describing the program and the problem that the program will address
- Defining program goals
- Specifying program objectives
- Outlining program activities
- Identifying individuals involved in the program
- Selecting process and outcome measures for evaluation
Crafting a logic model is especially important for rural areas because they may face specific challenges, such
as limited resources and stigma around mental health conditions. Rural
communities also face limited access to resources including transportation
and healthcare providers. These are important factors to consider
evaluating the effectiveness of a program.
Resources to Learn More
Approaches for Mental Health Prevention and Early Intervention Programs
Provides information on creating a logic model in order to create an evaluation plan.
Author(s): Eberhart, N.K., Cerully, J.L., Shearer, A.L. et al.
Organization(s): RAND Corporation, California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA)