Scaling Up Programs: Reflections on the Importance of Process Evaluation
For more than a decade, policy makers and funding agencies have been focused on identifying innovative and successful programs and bringing them to scale. Evaluators play an important role in these scaling efforts by helping to document what works and by monitoring program implementation. They can also monitor the replication of taking innovative programs to scale. In this research and practice note, we reflect on our evaluation experiences with a public - private partnership designed to scale up a health and wellness program within a large, urban school district at ten elementary schools. In doing so, we highlight the importance of conducting a process evaluation at the beginning of the program to ensure that the program is being implemented as intended. We also describe how these early evaluation findings helped to improve the program during its second year.
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