Imagine you have been hired to evaluate a safer sex education program (intervention) given to a class of college students that is aimed to increase knowledge of STI’s, increase beliefs among students that they are at risk for STI’s, increase self-efficacy around condom use, and increase condom use itself. Identify the variables that you would study for process and impact evaluation of this intervention. Also, if this intervention was part of several other interventions in the area, what variables would you choose for outcome evaluation? After identifying the variables, choose what scale of measurement you would apply for each one of those variables.

This is a discussion question because there is no right or wrong answer – evaluators need to critically brainstorm what they specifically need to measure to determine if the program is effective. Use this discussion as a group brainstorming session. Demonstrate your critical thinking!