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Evaluating Health PromotionPractice and Methods$
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Margaret Thorogood and Yolande Coombes

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199569298

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569298.001.0001

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Process evaluation: understanding how and why interventions work

Process evaluation: understanding how and why interventions work

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(p.87) Chapter 7 Process evaluation: understanding how and why interventions work
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Evaluating Health Promotion
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David Ellard

Suzanne Parsons

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569298.003.0007

A process evaluation aims to answer questions about the process of implementing interventions and to place outcome results or the results of trials of complex interventions into context. This helps to support the development of increasingly effective behaviour-change interventions by not only measuring primary outcomes such as changes in health behaviour but also understanding how the intervention has (or has not) brought about change. This chapter discusses issues relating to formative process evaluation and process evaluation; explores the research methods used; and discusses the integration of process and outcome data.

Keywords:   process evaluation, health promotion, health interventions, health program implementation

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