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Designing a Process Evaluation for a Comprehensive Breast Cancer Screening Intervention: Challenges and Opportunities

Citation

Viadro, Claire Isabel; Earp, Jo Anne L.; & Altpeter, Mary (1997). Designing a Process Evaluation for a Comprehensive Breast Cancer Screening Intervention: Challenges and Opportunities. Evaluation and Program Planning, 20(3), 237-49.

Abstract

Process evaluation is increasingly viewed as a vital adjunct to outcome evaluation. In this paper, we discuss the steps taken to develop a process evaluation plan for an ongoing eight-year, community-based breast cancer screening program (NC-BCSP) for African American women in five rural North Carolina counties. NC-BCSP builds on community networks, enhances the delivery of local screening services, and reduces health system barriers in the widely dispersed and resource-poor communities that comprise NC-BCSP's 2500-square mile region. This article includes a discussion of: the process evaluation 's aims and scope; how and why we selected various methods and approaches; the challenges involved in launching the data collection process; early lessons learned about the resources needed for developing an effective process evaluation; and some of the advantages of gathering process data.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1016/S0149-7189(97)00001-3

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Evaluation and Program Planning

Author(s)

Viadro, Claire Isabel
Earp, Jo Anne L.
Altpeter, Mary

Year Published

1997

Volume Number

20

Issue Number

3

Pages

237-49

Reference ID

904