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o Media is not better and manipulating media to get attention can detract from the real message. o A very important expectation for psychoeducational groups is active participation, and most media for not allow for active interaction and participation. o It requires equipment that may not always be reliable or available. Simulations Focus on developing solutions to a problem. Role Play Attempts to create complex simulations with interrelated factors focused on suggesting solutions to problems.
Chapter 3: Evaluation of the Group and Guidelines for Activities Major Topics - Evaluation rationale and planning - Assessment techniques and strategies - Experiential activities-guidelines, selection and facilitation Introduction Purposes: it provides data to judge the following: The extent to which the goal for the group was accomplished How well the cognitive material was learned Behavior and attitude changes Lacks of weaknesses in the material presented and/or instructional strategies Efficacy of planning Participants satisfaction with their progress and the group exercise Unanticipated results and effects The effectiveness of the group Rationale of Evaluation The question to be investigated is simply: do participants know more about X than they did before the group? Many psychoeducational groups will have behavior and/or attitude changes as goals. Evaluation results provide data on the efficacy of the planning Definition of Terms - Evaluation: determines the worth and/or use of a program, product, procedure, objective, or process. It is the framework for making judgements and decisions. - Assessment: measures a variable such as attitudes or satisfaction - Measurement: involves assigning numbers to variables or characteristics so that they can be aggregated, analyzed, or differentiated. The most for measurement use one of four scales- nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio. - Formative evaluation: continuously collects and analyzes data in order to make immediate changes or adjustments while the event, such as a group, is underway - Summative evaluation: collects and analyzes data after the event is completed - Instruments: are data gathering devices and processes such as tests, questionnaires, self-reports, rating scales, observation systems, and interview schedules. Planning for Evaluation 1. Start with the goals and objectives and decide how to assess these 2. Identify the various strategies that will be used, such as activities and lectures, and how they will be assessed
3. Identify expected outcomes, such as behavior changes, and determine if or how they can be assessed 4. Plan to assess participants satisfaction 5. Select or develop needed instruments Evaluating Goals, Objectives, and Strategies Formative and Summative Evaluation Formative evaluation allows for concrete justifications for changes, not just the leaders’ subjective judgement. Provides a more systematic process for making decisions.

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