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RUNNING HEAD: MOCK PROGRAM EVALUATION PLANThis evaluation is being done for the CDC and the state of Connecticut and the city of Hartford to help to understand where services or programs are provided (rural or urban), the number of people receiving services and the economic status and racial/ethnic background of people receiving services. This evaluation will help answer the questions of what are the interventions made to reduce the obesity rate in the racial and ethical group, what are the behavioral changes of the community group after participating in REACH, what are the resources that are helped to conduct the program, if the planned budget is adequate for the program, and what are the additional resources needed by the program. Some challenges that may be encountered while preforming this program evaluation are measuring outcomes, measuring prevention, diversity of sectors and stakeholders involved in program efforts, determining the effectiveness of individual strategies, access challenges specificto rural communities and lack of evaluation measures designed for use in rural settings. Measuring outcomes may be difficult because a change in an individual’s behavior may not be 9
RUNNING HEAD: MOCK PROGRAM EVALUATION PLANattributed to the intervention or program. Measuring the prevention within the program is challenging because the outcome of the program may not be easily measurable. Each stakeholder involved may have a different perspective and may view the public health issue differently. Most health programs have a combination of strategies which makes it challenging to pinpoint the effectiveness of an individual strategy. Rural communities pose a challenge due to remote geography and lack of transportation to health programs. Many programs are not created for programs within rural areas which cause the rural communities to have to adapt to their evaluation goals. In evaluating the REACH programs in Connecticut, I will be using the Mixed-method evaluation. Mixed-Method evaluation can help strengthen the evaluation by providing more complete comprehensive understanding of the research problem than just qualitative and quantitative approaches alone. Mix-Methods help to determine if the information collected is credible. Since both these programs are in the implementation stage, the qualitative method will be used the most with interviews and small groups. The questions that will be the focus of my evaluation are:1-What are the interventions made to reduce the obesity rate in the racial and ethical group? 2-What disparities within the community are being addressed?3-What are the behavioral changes of the community group after participating in REACH?4-Who is responsible for requesting the evaluation?