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Guideline 9: Demonstrate a long-term commitment to program planning, development and evaluation

Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Children & Youth

Demonstrate a long-term commitment to program planning, development and evaluation by:

  • conducting a situational assessment to inform the design of an intervention, taking into account the diversity of the population(s) and its strengths and assets
  • clearly defining for whom the mental health promotion programs, interventions and policies are intended
  • involving members of the intended audience in program design and implementation
  • ensuring that the length and intensity of the intervention is appropriate for the population(s) of concern and will achieve the intended outcomes
  • continuously revising program objectives to ensure progress toward goals
  • ensuring that data collection methods and mechanisms are in place.
  • outlining an evaluation process that states outcomes clearly, and considers outcome and process indicators
  • drawing on a variety of disciplines
  • reviewing and using successful research-based programs, interventions and policies.

Examples include:

  • program logic models and evaluation plans
  • community advisory committees engaged in program planning and evaluation
  • monitoring systems to review information about mental health, assets and strengths as well as problems for youth.

Programs that incorporate Guideline 9 are:

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Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Children and Youth

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