Hi, I'm Katie Davenport. I'm an implementation specialist at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State University. My background is in public policy. I'd like to thank you for joining us today for this presentation. So let's begin.
In this vodcast we'll discuss the different sections that make up the Clearinghouse factsheets to give you a better understanding of the information provided within. At this time, you should pause this podcast and print out the Strong African American Families fact sheet linked in the description below. Once you have the fact sheet, resume and follow along.
Now that you have the Strong African American Families fact sheet you see that many key pieces of information are provided to narrow the focus of your program search. The first section you will notice on the program factsheet is the target audience. This section states who this program is intended for. The specified target audience is also identified by an icon located in the top right hand corner of the fact sheet. In the Strong African American Families fact sheet, the programs target audience is rural African American youth ages ten to twelve and their families. Also notice the families icon in the top right. T
he summary section of the factsheet provides a short description of what the program is about and the goals of the program. Strong African American Families is a family-centered program developed to prevent alcohol use and other substance use among rural African American youth through the improvement of youth and parent competence.
The components section states what participants will be doing in this program. To the right of this section you will also see sector and topic area icons to readily identify where the program is implemented and the range of topics it addresses. The icons to the right of the components section of the Strong African American Families factsheet identify that the program is family-based and focuses on topics such as parenting, alcohol, and drugs, and communication
The previous use section states where, if any locations, the program has been or is being used. This is also where we state if the program has been used among the military; if so, you will find an icon representing the service branch that has used it to the right of this section. On the Strong African American Families factsheet, you can see that the program has been tested with over six hundred African American families. You can also see that this program has not been used by the military since no service branch icon appears to the right.
The considerations section includes things to think about prior to implementation. Considerations could include things such as time, cost, space, recruitment, childcare, or the level of commitment. These could vary depending on the implementation situation and they're not always known prior to implementing the program. If you are implementing a program we are more than happy to address considerations with you.
Training, cost, and time are other important variables. The training section indicates who needs to be trained, if training is required, and training cost and length of training. The cost section provides a range of costs for implementing the program including material fees. Here you may also see a statement and a figure regarding the cost effectiveness of the program, as determined by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy. The time sections refers to implementation time. It addresses the time it takes to start up the program, and the length of the program, including any additional booster sessions.
The evidence section summarizes the research design method used, whether it be a randomized controlled trial, or a quasi-experimental design. Also another important feature of the section is whether or not the study or studies were conducted by the program developer or replicated by an external source. Positive and negative outcomes of the studies are also included in this section. Under evidence on the Strong African American Families fact sheet, it states that a randomized prevention trial found that African American families participating in safe experience increases in communicative parenting practices increased youth protective factors which have been found to decrease the likelihood of alcohol use, reduced initiation of alcohol use, and slowed the use of alcohol over time.
The evaluation plan discusses what is needed to move this program up on the Clearinghouses' continuum of evidence. The Safe Program factsheet reads that the Clearinghouse can help you to develop an evaluation plan to ensure the program components are meeting your goals.
Finally, the placement is represented by an icon in the top right, under the target audience icon for easy identifications. From the example fact sheet, you will see that the Safe Program is placed as promising. You can see this designation under the target audience icon in the upper right.
The last important piece of information on the Clearinghouse factsheet is the contact information for the program. The contact will either be a developer, or a person associated with the program that can answer in-depth our specific questions regarding program information, training, and materials. Also don't forget about the Clearinghouse as a contact. At the Clearinghouse, we have individuals dedicated to assist you as you plan for, implement, and seek information regarding evidence based-programs.
Thank you for watching.