Process evaluation is an essential component of any program evaluation or intervention research effort. This important resource offers an overview of the history, purpose, strengths, and limitations of process evaluation and includes illustrative case material of the current state of the art in process evaluation. Process Evaluation for Public Health Interventions and Research fills an important gap in the literature for public health researchers, practitioners, scholars, trainers, and students.
1. Process Evaluation for Public Health Interventions and Research:An Overview (Laura Linnan and Allan Steckler).
PART ONE: COMMUNITY–RELATED PROCESS EVALUATION EFFORTS.
2. Process Evaluation of an Asset–Based Teen PregnancyPrevention Project: Healthy, Empowered, and ResponsibleTeens of Oklahoma City (Michelle C. Kegler, Vicki Harris Wyatt, and Sharon Rodine).
3. Process Evaluation of Implementation and Dissemination of aSun Safety Program at Swimming Pools (Karen Glanz, May Rose L. Isnec, Allan Geller, and Kathy J. Spangler).
4. Process Evaluation of the Adolescent Social Action Programin New Mexico (Deborah L. Helitzer and Soo–Jin Yoon).
5. Process Evaluation of the Church–Based PRAISE! Project:Partnership to Reach African Americans to IncreaseSmart Eating (Alice Ammerman).
PART TWO: WORKSITE–RELATED PROCESS EVALUATION EFFORTS.
6. The Working Well Trial: Selected ProcessEvaluation Results (Laura Linnan, Beti Thompson, and Erin N. Kobetz).
7. Health Works for Women: Process Evaluation Results (Irene Tessaro, Marci Kramish Campbell, and Salli Benedict).
PART THREE: SCHOOL–RELATED PROCESS EVALUATION EFFORTS.
8. Safer Choices, a School–Based HIV, STD, and PregnancyPrevention Program for Adolescents: Process Evaluation IssuesRelated to Curriculum Implementation (Christine M. Markham, Karen Basen–Engquist, Karin K. Coyle,Robert C. Addy, and Guy S. Parcel).
9. Using Children as Change Agents to Increase Fruit andVegetable Consumption Among Lower–Income AfricanAmerican Parents: Process Evaluation Results of the Bringing ItHome Program (Marsha Davis, Tom Baranowski, Marilyn Hughes, Carla L. Warneke,Carl de Moor, and Rebecca M. Mullis).
10. Lessons Learned from the Pathways Process Evaluation (Allan Steckler, Becky Ethelbah, Catherine Jane Martin, Dawn D. Stewart,Marla Nahmabin Pardilla, Joel Gittelsohn, Elaine J. Stone, David C. Fenn,Mary Smyth, and Maihan B. Vu).
PART FOUR: NATIONAL OR STATE PROCESS EVALUATION EFFORTS.
11. STEPES: The Development and Testing of a Database ProgramMonitoring Tool (Therese M. Blaine, D. Knight Guire, and Jean Forster).
12. Developing a Process to Evaluate a National Injury PreventionProgram: The Indian Health Service Injury Prevention Program (Carolyn E. Crump and Robert J. Letourneau).
13. Tracking the Process and Progress of the National FolicAcid Campaign (Katherine Lyon Daniel, Christine E. Prue, and Michele Volansky).
Allan Steckler is professor of health behavior and health education at the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Laura Linnan is an assistant professor of health behavior and health education at the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina.