Yonnie Chyung, professor in the Department of Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL), and three 2012 OPWL graduates, Annette Wisniewski, Brad Inderbitzen and Debbie Campbell, have published an article in a peer-reviewed research journal, Performance Improvement Quarterly (Volume #26, Issue #3).
The article is titled “An Improvement- and Accountability-Oriented Program Evaluation: An Evaluation of the Adventure Scouts Program.” It provides an overview of the history of, and several approaches to, program evaluation, followed by descriptions of ten steps of conducting an improvement- and accountability-oriented program evaluation.
The three OPWL graduates contributed to the article with a summary of the program evaluation project that they completed in Chyung’s evaluation class. It was a summative evaluation of the Adventure Scouts program to determine its effectiveness as an alternative Scouting experience for underprivileged minority boys in Lake County, Ill.
In Chyung’s evaluation class, teams of students complete semester-long projects with real clients, evaluating various performance improvement programs implemented in corporate industries, non-profit organizations or the military. More than a dozen of the student team evaluation projects have been published in PerformanceXpress, the official newsletter of the International Society for Performance Improvement.