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Volume 6 (2006), Pages 2274-2284
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2006.356
Research Article

Implementation of the Tier 1 Program of the Project P.A.T.H.S.: Interim Evaluation Findings

1Quality of Life Centre, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2Social Welfare Practice and Research Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Received 9 September 2006; Revised 4 October 2006; Accepted 4 October 2006

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2006 Daniel T.L. Shek and Rachel C.F. Sun.

Abstract

To understand the implementation quality of the Tier 1 Program of the Project P.A.T.H.S., 25 schools and three school social service units were randomly selected to participate in telephone interviews regarding the quality of the implementation process of the Tier 1 Program of the P.A.T.H.S. Project. In the telephone interviews, the participants described the responses of the students and the workers to the program, the perceived benefits of the program, their assessment of the positive and negative features of the program, as well as difficulties involved in the implementation process. Results showed that most workers perceived that the students had positive responses to the program and half of the workers had positive experiences about the program, although negative comments on the program design and difficulties in the implementation were also recorded. Nearly all workers (97.1%) regarded the program to be beneficial to the students and most of them (78.6%) had positive global evaluation of the project. In short, while the program implementers expressed concerns about the program design and the implementation process, they generally regarded the program as helpful to the students and they had positive global evaluation of the program.