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Gauging alignments : an ethnographyically informed method for process evaluation in a community-based intervention

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dc.contributor.author Lee, Bonnie K.
dc.contributor.author Lockett, Donna
dc.contributor.author Edwards, Nancy
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-22T16:44:27Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-22T16:44:27Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation "Gauging alignments: an ethnographically informed method for process evaluation in a community-based intervention". The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. 25(2) p. 1–27. 2011. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0834-1516
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/3096
dc.description.abstract Community-based projects feature multidimensional interventions and interactions within unpredictable contexts. Process evaluations can shed light on variability in outcomes across sites and the reasons why some project outcomes fall short of expectations. The authors present an ethnographically informed study of the interactive project components in a pilot community-based falls prevention project that was implemented in 4 communities across Canada. Ethnographic descriptions and analyses of alignments between multilevelled project components allowed the researchers to better understand the mechanisms of project evolution at each site and variations in project momentum, mobilization, and sustainability across sites. Primary data sources consisted of project teleconference transcripts triangulated with log notes, field notes, and interviews. Descriptions and analyses of alignments may be instrumental to process evaluation. Project adjustments could then be made accordingly in propelling progress toward program objectives, informing program decisions, and in making sense of variability in program outcomes. Further exploration and operationalization of the alignment concept is recommended to advance knowledge about how to conduct process evaluations of complex interventions. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Canadian Evaluation Society en_US
dc.subject Community-based intervention--Canada en_US
dc.subject Public health--Research en_US
dc.subject Community health services--Canada en_US
dc.subject Ethnology--Comparative method en_US
dc.subject Nursing--Research en_US
dc.title Gauging alignments : an ethnographyically informed method for process evaluation in a community-based intervention en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Health Sciences en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US

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