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Use of the program explication method to explore the benefits of a service for homeless and marginalized young people

Bamberg, John H., Chiswell, Melika and Toumbourou, John W. 2011, Use of the program explication method to explore the benefits of a service for homeless and marginalized young people, Public health nursing, vol. 28, no. 2, March-April, pp. 140-149, doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2010.00909.x.

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Title Use of the program explication method to explore the benefits of a service for homeless and marginalized young people
Author(s) Bamberg, John H.
Chiswell, Melika
Toumbourou, John W.ORCID iD for Toumbourou, John W. orcid.org/0000-0002-8431-3762
Journal name Public health nursing
Volume number 28
Issue number 2
Season March-April
Start page 140
End page 149
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Hoboken, N.J.
Publication date 2011-03
ISSN 0737-1209
1525-1446
Keyword(s) evidence-based practice
health services research
homelessness
program evaluation
program logic analysis
Summary Maintaining the alignment between the dynamic development of health and social services and the rapidly advancing scientific evaluation literature is a central challenge facing service administrators. We describe “program explication,” a consulting method designed to assist services to identify and review implicit program logic assumptions against the evaluation literature. Program explication initially facilitates agency staff to identify and document service components and activities considered critical for improving client outcomes. Program assumptions regarding the relationship between service activities and client outcomes are then examined against available scientific evidence. We demonstrate the application of this method using an example of its use in reviewing a service for homeless young people operating in Melbourne, Australia, known as the Young People's Health Service (YPHS). The YPHS involved 21 activities organized within 4 components. The intended benefits of each of the activities were coherently articulated and logically consistent. Our literature search revealed moderate to strong evidence for around 1 quarter of the activities. The program explication method proved feasible for describing and appraising the YPHS service assumptions, thereby enhancing service evaluability.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2010.00909.x
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Wiley Periodicals
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30036918

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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