Metaevaluation of a Suicide Prevention Program Focused on Youth

By Alexis M. McLaughlin, Tanya Scotece and Liliana Rodríguez-Campos.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies

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A metaevaluation was conducted on the evaluation of a suicide prevention program focused on youth. This evaluation gathered input from users through responses and opinions about its content, usefulness and recommendations for improvement. The metaevaluation discussed in this presentation focuses on the following five questions: (a) What is the nature of the evaluation? (b) To what extent is the evaluation technically sound? (c) To what extent is the evaluation useful? (d) To what extent did the evaluation employ ethical procedures? and (f) To what extent were the evaluation methods practical? The purpose of this metaevaluation was to make a judgment, based on defensible criteria about sound and accountable contributions of an evaluation in a public organization, and to increase efforts to systematize future evaluation endeavors. Conclusions and implications are presented based on the analysis of this evaluation.

Keywords: Evaluation, Metaevaluation, Suicide Prevention, Youth

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 604.746KB).

Alexis M. McLaughlin

Research Assistant, Adult, Career, and Higher Education, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

Alexis M. McLaughlin is pursuing a Doctoral degree in Curriculum & Instruction in Adult Education at the University of South Florida. She is an evaluator and metaevaluator with research interests in ways of learning, career changers, workforce demographics, and global worker education. Alexis has worked in various management positions.

Tanya Scotece

Funeral Director, Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory, Tampa, FL, USA

Tanya Scotece is a Licensed Funeral Director, Metaevaluator, Certified Funeral Service Professional (CFSP), Certified Crematory Operator, and a Certified Funeral Celebrant. She earned an A.S. in Mortuary Science, a B.S. in Criminal Justice an M.S. in Criminal Forensics with a concentration in medicolegal death investigation. Tanya is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Adult Education with research in funeral service at the University of South Florida. Her professional interests include human resource development and international death care studies.

Liliana Rodríguez-Campos

Faculty Member, Department of Educational Measurement and Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

Dr. Liliana Rodríguez-Campos is an Evaluation Professor and the Director of the Center for Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Measurement at the University of South Florida. Among other achievements, she received the American Evaluation Association’s Marcia Guttentag Award. Liliana is nationally and internationally recognized for her evaluation model. During her evaluation career, she has been working on publications and presentations with an emphasis in collaborative evaluation, including her book Collaborative Evaluations: A Step-by-Step Model for the Evaluator (available in English and Spanish). Her professional interests focus on collaborative evaluation, multi-cultural and international evaluation capacity building, metaevaluation, and project management.