From policy to practice: A program logic approach to describing the implementation of early intervention services for children with physical disability

Ziviani, Jenny, Darlington, Yvonne, Feeney, Rachel and Head, Brian (2011) From policy to practice: A program logic approach to describing the implementation of early intervention services for children with physical disability. Evaluation And Program Planning, 34 1: 60-68.


Author Ziviani, Jenny
Darlington, Yvonne
Feeney, Rachel
Head, Brian
Title From policy to practice: A program logic approach to describing the implementation of early intervention services for children with physical disability
Journal name Evaluation And Program Planning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0149-7189
1873-7870
Publication date 2011-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2010.05.001
Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 60
End page 68
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Subject C1
Abstract The benefits of providing early intervention services (including multidisciplinary therapy and family support) for children with physical disabilities and their families are widely acknowledged. Evidence, however, of their efficacy is not well documented. Furthermore, many studies fail to adequately describe the programs being evaluated and how these programs have been implemented by service provider organisations. From a policy perspective, evaluators need to be mindful of contextual variations in program implementation when examining initiatives and determining their efficacy. In this paper we discuss how implementation of a cross-organisational early intervention initiative policy for children with physical disabilities was enacted by three different service providers. In the present study, program logic was employed to identify and explore these variations in implementation. While each individual agency provided services and identified outcomes that were consistent with policy objectives, program delivery varied considerably across service providers.
Keyword Program logic
Policy implementation
Early intervention
Outcomes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 7 May 2010.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
Official 2012 Collection
School of Social Work and Human Services
 
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