Counseling Services Program--#1
Assessment, Evaluation and Analysis
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Staff: Program Not Needed


Staff: Program Desired

Staff: Unnecessary Services

Staff: Add-On Services

Staff: De-Escalation in Class

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Assessment, Evaluation and Analysis for
Counseling Services
Program #2
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The Counseling Program Not Needed Next Year chart assesses whether or not school administration, teachers, and support staff believe that counseling services are NOT needed next year.  School personnel disagreed with the statement that said "the counseling program is not needed at this school next year" by an 8:1 ratio.  This outcome is consistent with the earlier finding that suggested services are/were needed at the school.  But what about whether or not the school desires to have a program in their school next year?

PROGRAM EVALUATION NOTE:  When the counseling program NOT needed next year chart is compared to the item assessing whether or not the program is needed this year, inter-item reliability can be minimally assessed.  When reliability of these two items is considered in connection to program efficacy noted in prior staff responses, and in review of counselor interpretations of youth progress, the overall instrument validity can be minimally assessed.       

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The Counseling Program Desired Next Year chart looks at the wishes and desires of school personnel based upon the recommendations of survey respondents.  All of the respondents expressed a desire for the counseling program next year, nine to zero, by interpreting this survey statement: "I would recommend that this program continue in the future."  If the program is continued next year, the next consideration is whether or not it contains services that seem unnecessary and/or if it did not provide services that would have been more helpful. 

PROGRAM EVALUATION NOTE:  When the counseling program desired next year chart is compared to other survey items that assess program efficacy, program needs, youth psychosocial changes, and service provisions, inter-item reliability can be minimally assessed.  When the reliability of these items is considered in relationship to other program evaluation questions, an argument for instrument and program evaluation validity can be asserted.

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The Services Provided Were Not Necessary question was an open-ended, qualitative question that invited respondents to list program variables that they believed were not important or not needed.  In general, when this question is not answered, it suggests that certain respondents did not believe there were program components that were unnecessarily provided.  In cases where items are listed as not necessary - the comments were categorized into the "strongly disagree / disagree" response set.  The item says: "I would recommend that the program discontinue (list aspects of the program that you think are not needed or that are unnecessary)."  The majority of the respondents did not list program components to discontinue.  The next question logically follows: are there any services that could be added in order to improve the program next year?

PROGRAM EVALUATION NOTE:  This item can be correlated to two other items: "counseling program needed this year" and "counseling program NOT needed next year."  The higher the correlation between the three questions, a higher reliability co-efficient could be anticipated.   

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The Add Services Next Year chart assesses if school personnel believe that services could be expanded in some manner.  The respondents indicated their preferences with write-in answers, in response to the statement,  "I would recommend that the program add (list aspects that you think are needed for the program)."  This question, like many of the open-ended questions, was usually left blank, however when a respondent listed a service they wanted to see added, regardless of its content, their responses were placed into the "strongly agree/agree" response set.  The add services chart does not clearly provide ideas as to what is needed to improve the program specifically, thus a specific in-service question was needed, and already included in the survey.

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The De-Escalation Inservice Needed (Next Year) chart assesses if respondents believe they would benefit from an in-service that is geared to addressing the processes escalating and de-escalating behaviors in the classroom.  Behavioral issues are a common factor that leads to counseling program referrals. Some behavioral issues may be resolvable without counseling services and/or administrative interventions, but to determine if such training is perceived as potentially beneficial the survey item stated, "I would like the counseling services program to add a one-day workshop addressing "The Issues of Escalating and De-escalating Behavior in the Classroom."  Respondents supported the statement by an 8:1 ratio.  The next program variable to consider is whether or not the counseling services program was able to successfully present in-services to the staff with a degree of success, based upon the current years program.

PROGRAM EVALUATION NOTE:  If the current program offers future in-service trainings to the school, it would less likely be supported in the proposition, if the counseling program failed to successfully provide in-services in its current year of service.  The comparison of the proposed de-escalation in-service item to the evaluation of already provided in-services partially addresses social desirability variables.

Additional Evaluation Topics
| Intro & Wrap Up Seminars Helpful |
| Personnel Benefits |
| Counselor Professionalism & Accessibility |
| Program Operation & Logistics |
| PART III: Youth Exit Interviews |

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