Evaluation

The evaluation plan for the Kansas Mental Health Positive Behavior Support (KMHPBS) project will be created in collaboration with the following sources:

  • Kansas Advisory Board,
  • National Advisory Board, and
  • Focus groups, interviews, and surveys.

The purpose of the Kansas Mental Health Positive Behavior Support (KMHPBS) project is to reduce out-of-home placements for children and youth in Kansas. Research questions will focus on process, performance and outcome measures in order to evaluate the extent to which the KMHPBS project has made a positive impact. For an example of how a similar project, the Kansas Institute for Positive Behavior Support (KIPBS) has organized evaluation of individualized plans for children and adults, please visit the KIPBS Evaluation Section http://www.kipbs.org/new_kipbs/evaluation.html

For a case study example, please visit KIPBS.org.

In addition to finalizing the research questions for the study, University of Kansas (KU) staff members will construct a logic model based on the sources of information listed above with feedback from the Kansas community. Logic models are frequently used by many different types of organizations to provide a framework for evaluation purposes. A logic model describes what a program or project is and what kinds of activities it will accomplish. If you are interested in learning more about logic models, the following websites provide more information.

University of South Florida- Using Logic Models for Program Development
http://www.edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/WC/WC04100.pdf

University of Wisconsin- Building Logic Models
http://www.uwex.edu/ces/pdande/evaluation/evallogicmodel.html

Learning for Sustainability- Evaluation and Logic Models
http://learningforsustainability.net/evaluation/theoryofchange.php

Using Evaluation to Scale Up
http://www.hfrp.org/var/hfrp/storage/original/application/b09c074129f1943b4a172d23fb8542b5.pdf

Learning From Logic Models: An Example of a Family/School Partnership Program
http://www.hfrp.org/

Click here for an example of the
PBS-Kansas Logic Model

If you would like to sign up for our Kansas Mental Health Positive Behavior Support listserve, you will receive updates on the status of the project over time.