Counseling Services Program--#1
Assessment, Evaluation and Analysis
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Evaluation Topics
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Youth: Completed Interviews

PART III:  YOUTH EXIT INTERVIEWS -- continued

Youth: Program Likes

Youth: Program Difficulties

Youth: Program Changes

Youth: Program Unchanged

Youth: Insights from Program

Comments to Developers

Additional Eval Topics

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The number of Youth in Program vs. Exit Interviews Completed chart highlights the number of those who were attending counseling sessions at the end of the program compared to the number of youth who participated in the exit interview.  Some youth did not participate at the time of the interviews (one week before the program ended) due to absences.  Each assessed exit interview question follows:

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

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Youth responses ranged from liking the topics and missing class, to liking the counselor and liking a place to go each week to express feelings.  The youth responses were then compared and contrasted to what they disliked, looking for themes between the two interview questions.

PROGRAM EVALUATION NOTE:  The comparing of the two items of "likes" and "dislikes" about the counseling program serves to, in part, address social desirability responses.  Social desirability is further addressed when youth were asked to identify what they found hard about counseling.

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It's interesting to note that while the majority of the youth interviewed indicated that they enjoyed the topics discussed in weekly sessions (see exit interview chart 2), and while none of them stated that they disliked the topics (see exit interview chart 3), in this question most of the youth indicated that it was the topics that they found "hard." The finding suggests that the topics were somehow difficult for the youth, but they benefited in the discussion of them, nevertheless. 

PROGRAM EVALUATION NOTE:  The comparing of the two items of "likes" and "dislikes" about the counseling program serves to, in part, address social desirability responses.  Social desirability is further addressed when youth were asked to identify what they found hard about counseling.

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The literal question posed to the youth was "what would you like to see changed next year in counseling?"  Similar to all of the exit interview questions, the youth spontaneously provided their own responses.  Without prompting or having options to choose from the majority of the youth stated that if they could change things next year, they would change "nothing."

PROGRAM EVALUATION NOTE:  The similarities between this question and the question of what the youth disliked about counseling continue to provide evaluation validity based upon the inherent address of social desirability when the responses are compared.

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The literal question was "what would you like to see stay the same next year?"  Consistent with the findings in the previous question where students would change "nothing" next year, in this scenario the majority of the students (6) reported that would keep "everything" the same next year.

PROGRAM EVALUATION NOTE:  The similarities between this question and the question of what the youth would like to keep the same, in addition to the similarities already addressed when the youth answered the question of what they disliked about counseling, combine to provide further support for evaluation validity.

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The open-ended and qualitative question that asked if students leaned anything about themselves included agreement from every student that they did learn something.  Not all of the students reported awareness of something learned that they believed was positive (see the positive category in blue), because some students commented that what they learned was negative ("negative" responses were categorized as such by the author of this report based on the content of what the student stated) or they offered self-descriptions that were derogatory (noted in maroon).  The positive and negative comments often addressed internal processes and as such were linked to a category that was identified as "self-esteem" related. 

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The literal question presented to each youth was read, "if you could say anything to the people who created or developed the counseling program, what would that be?"  Not all of the students responded verbatim by saying it was a "good program" but the majority made the statement or one similar to it that indicated that the program was perceived as a good one.  This question was the final exit interview item.

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

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