Explain the importance of evaluation as a concept.
In the Krajewski et al., please summarize the findings of the program as reflected in the program evaluation.
Krajweski and colleagues (2010) evaluated a training program for low income 13-18 year olds in special education classes called TeenBiz: Teens in Business through the Arts. This program was described as an empowerment approach to teaching job and life skills. The program had several goals, which determined the program’s objectives it was evaluated on through a post-test. The post-test consisted of data analyzed and open-ended questions from participants. They found majority of participants exceeded program expectations. They noted areas of difficulty for participants included short attention spans, self-control, and ability to focus on tasks. They attributed these to the length of the program, critiquing that a longer program may have more success to address these areas. However, overall, this program had a significant effect in building confidence of the participants.
Without evaluation, practitioners can never know the objective benefit of their interventions with clients. As practitioners, we seek to minimize harm and maximize benefit. Evaluation is part of the scientific method that allows us to ascertain what we’ve done is appropriate and helpful. It also can identify where improvements can be made in interventions for future practice.
Krajewski, E. R., Wiencek, P., Brady, S., Trapp, E., Rice Jr., P. (2010). Teaching employable skills to special education youth: An empowerment approach. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 5(1), 167-176.