Use of program evaluation in community youth tobacco cessation programs

Linda Houser-Marko*, Amy Sporer, Sherry L. Emery, Lisa Hund, Jungwha Lee, Susan J. Curry

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Objective: To examine the inclusion of program evaluation components in a national sample of youth tobacco cessation programs. Methods: Program administrators were interviewed to ascertain program characteristics associated with the inclusion of program evaluation components. Results: Two thirds of all surveyed programs (n=591) had an evaluation component; most included attendance, user satisfaction, and quitting measures. Programs with an evaluation component were significantly more likely to report annual funding greater than the median and to conduct a follow-up with participants. Conclusion: Program characteristics and associated evaluation components are summarized, and recommendations are given for a minimal level of program evaluation planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-185
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010


  • Community youth tobacco cessation
  • Program evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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