Counseling Services Program--#1
Assessment, Evaluation and Analysis
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Evaluation Introduction

Kurt LaRose, MSW
June 16, 2006
Review Published Data for All Programs and Program Years

INTRODUCTION.  The following information is a compilation of data from the counseling services program that operated out of a Gadsden County school during one contract service year (the academic calendar of the school).  The program was designed, developed, and implemented by Kurt LaRose, MSW, who also was the direct service provider for the duration of the intervention and evaluation period.  This data analysis and interpretation represents a multivariate compilation of information, obtained from multiple informants including youth interviews, administrative and school personnel surveys, and self-administered evaluations by the direct service provider.  Data was also obtained from independent stand-alone sources such as academic records, attendance records, and report cards.
    The author of this report created the survey instrumentation that was used for this analysis, while the exit interview questionnaires for the youth mirror those that were developed and designed by the Florida State University Multidisciplinary Center, an organization with which LaRose occasionally works as a counselor and therapist in various school settings.  Survey instruments designed by LaRose have not been evaluated to establish psychometric properties.

CONTENT.  The content and organization of this assessment is divided into five general categories.  It begins first, with a discussion of independent data sources, such as demographics, program census information, and youth attendance and absence documentation from the school and from the counseling program records of attendance.  Grade reports are compared at time one and time two.  Second, the analysis reviews surveys of the school personnel with an extrapolation of the information that was provided by the respondents who participated with, and returned, surveys.  Third the analysis discusses youth exit interviews, comparing and contrasting the strengths and weaknesses of counseling services from the client centered perspective. In the fourth segment of the analysis a brief scoring by the counselor who assisted the youth for the academic year is provided looking at issues of "clinical significance" comparing pre and post intervention variables based upon degrees of psycho-social functioning.  And finally, part five of this analysis compares the actual cost of contract services with non-contract fees in private practice settings.  Cost savings are noted, if realized.
    Information in each of the five sections is generally explained using pie charts and graphs created after the raw data was transposed from original source documents and entered into spreadsheets.  Each graph and pie chart includes a brief explanation that ends with transitional statements to lead the reader from one segment of the analysis to the next.  Thus, the pie charts and graphs can be holistically viewed in the manner they are presented and organized in this report and/or each graph and chart can be independently viewed and interpreted by the reader as separate, stand-alone data sets.  Either way, there is value in the ecological connectivity of one graph and chart to the next, both for evaluation purposes and for fluidity in reading the report, however there is value in viewing the report in random and non-linked ways as well - also for evaluation purpose.
    The report ends with a summary section, addressing funding sources, evaluation and report limitations, professional and personal affiliations, collaborations, and expressions of thanks and appreciation.  Contact information, website links, and other indirectly related information is found in the summary section as well.

Report Content

Program Statistics

Youth Referred

Youth Demographics

Census: Begin, Middle, End

Program Terminations

Additional Eval Topics

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Assessment, Evaluation and Analysis for
Counseling Services
Program #2
(Same Data)

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PART I:  INDEPENDENT PROGRAM STATISTICS

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     The Youth Referred vs. Youth Served chart reflects how many youth were referred for counseling services (blue) during the course of the contract period, how many parents gave written consent with the child's assent (maroon), the number of those who were referred and not served (light blue), and the total number of youth served in the counseling services program (yellow).  The youth, who were referred but not served, were those youth who did not return written consent forms, even when the child gave assent.  Referrals were made to the counseling program via the guidance department, the principal and assistant principals, as well as the school resource officer, teachers, and parents.  Some of the youth who were referred (blue) for counseling services were not served (light blue) due to a lack of parental consent.  Of those youth who were served in the counseling program, demographics provide helpful information as to the general population identity for those youth seen each week.

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     The Demographics of Youth Served graph indicates the number of youth grouped within certain categories of race, gender, and grade level. While the grade level of the youth can usually offer indications of chronological age, the ages cannot be assumed as consistent with grade level, particularly in a population that has been identified as in need of counseling services.  The demographics of the youth served during the course of the counseling services program changed as the census fluctuated, and as such, the numbers listed in the graph are averages.

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     The Counseling Services Census graph highlights the shift in the number of youth who were served in the counseling services program at the program's beginning, mid-point, and at the program's end.  The census numbers shifted during the course of the program due to the number of referrals made (highlighted earlier), but also the census shift can be attributed to terminations.

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     The Terminations: Voluntary & Involuntary chart shows the total number of terminations that occurred during the contract period for the counseling services program at the school.  Some youth were "voluntarily terminated," meaning the youth stopped coming to counseling for a number of reasons: moving to a new area, expulsion from the school, and/or treatment goals were achieved and counseling services were no longer needed.  The other reasons a youth can be terminated from counseling services were for involuntary reasons.  "Involuntarily terminated" means that some terminations occurred for clinical reasons: reasons other than external variables. Some terminations are positive, and some are negative.  Program impact can also be assessed by reviewing how many participating youth DID NOT come to their weekly counseling sessions and why the no shows occurred.

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Additional Evaluation Topics
| Reasons Youth Missed Sessions |
| Sessions Provided by Type |
| Daily Service Breakdown |
| Grade Differential |

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