- selecting a topic or theme
- soliciting nominations of innovations that address the theme
- using an expert panel to screen these nominations for those with the highest plausibility of meeting criteria for promise
- conducting evaluability assessments on the nominations that pass this screen
- expert panel review of the evaluability assessment reports
This is the 125th volume of New Directions for Evaluation, an official publication of the American Evaluation Association.
1. Overview and Rationale for the Systematic Screening and Assessment Method (Laura C. Leviton, Marjorie A. Gutman)
This chapter presents an overview and rationale for the Systematic Screening and Assessment (SSA) Method and contrasts the method with other efforts to identify and evaluate innovations.
2. Applying the Systematic Screening and Assessment Method to Childhood Obesity Prevention (Nicola Dawkins, Holly Wethington, Laura Kettel Khan, Jo Anne Grunbaum, Leah Robin, Seraphine Pitt Barnes, David Cotton, Diane O. Dunet, Laura C. Leviton)
This chapter presents detailed application of the SSA Method in an initiative to prevent childhood obesity, to identify innovations that were both promising and ready for evaluation.
3. Training and Support for Evaluability Assessment Methodology (Thearis A. Osuji, Nicola Dawkins, Starr M. Rice)
This chapter focuses on the process used to identify and train 40 professionals in evaluability assessment as a component of the SSA Method, results from a training process evaluation survey, and insights from the evaluability assessment training process.
4. Early Assessment Initiative Using the Systematic Screening and Assessment Method: Three Case Studies (Seraphine Pitt Barnes, Holly Wethington, Karen Cheung)
This chapter presents three case studies of evaluability assessment conducted on local–level obesity prevention programs and policies identified through the SSA Method.
5. Impact, Insights, and Implications of the Systematic Screening and Assessment Method (Laura Kettel Khan, Nicola Dawkins, Laura C. Leviton)
This chapter describes how applying the SSA Method has affected the field of childhood obesity prevention, evaluation of innovations in health, and translation of practice into prevention research.
6. The SSA Method: Not Just Old Wine in a New Bottle (Debra J. Rog)
This chapter offers a commentary on the similarities and differences between the SSA Method and Evaluability Assessment, and the special role that the method can have in the field of evaluation.
Laura C. Leviton is the coauthor of Foundations of Program Evaluation and is currently Special Advisor for Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where for the past 10 years she has overseen more than 80 evaluations at the national, state, and local levels.
Laura Kettel Khan is currently the Senior Scientist for Policy and Partnerships in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the primary public health agency working to prevent obesity and chronic diseases in the United States.
Nicola Dawkins is a Principal of ICF Macro where she designs and implements research and evaluation studies and led Macro′s team in coordinating the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/CDC initiative Early Assessment of Programs and Policies to Prevent Childhood Obesity.