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.
- 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:
Review examples of program planning and evaluation components.