Excerpted from the SEP by the Latin America Youth Center, a subgrantee of Venture Philanthropy Partners.
The external evaluation of the Promotores Pathway will seek to answer four primary research questions.
Program Impact Questions
Program impact questions are clearly stated.
The first question will focus on program impact and is the
If there are multiple questions related to the same outcome, confirmatory and exploratory questions are clearly defined.
confirmatory research question:
The questions are consistent with the logic model’s stated outcomes.
The confirmatory research question(s) represent(s) the main impact question(s) for the primary outcome that the study can address with a known level of statistical precision (based on statistical power).
1) Is the Promotores Pathway leading to improved outcomes for participants in the area of academics, employment, and healthy behaviors when compared to LAYC participants not matched with a Promotor?
The second question focuses on subsets of participants and outcomes and is the exploratory research question:
Questions address programmatic activity in the program participant group and, when feasible, the comparison or control group.
Questions are phrased such that groups can be compared to understand the net effect of intervention and differences.
2) Are there differences in the outcomes achieved among subgroups of Promotores participants? For example, are Latino Participants performing differently than African American participants, or are males performing differently than females?
Impact questions do not include implementation questions.
Program Implementation Questions:
The final two research questions deal with program implementation and potential replication in other locations:
3) What are the key components of Promotores Pathway and how does it operate "on the ground"?
4) Is there a core group of components that make up the Promotores Pathway that could be replicated in other multi-service direct-service nonprofit organizations?