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The current emphasis on best practices for school-based health and mental health programs brings with it the demand for evaluation efforts in schools. This article describes the challenges of launching a successful RP-12school program and evaluation, with lessons learned from three projects that focus on intimate partner violence. The authors discuss issues related to constraints on the research design in schools, the recruitment of schools and participants within schools, program and evaluation implementation issues, the iterative implementation-evaluation cycle, and the dissemination of programs and study findings. The authors emphasize the need for flexibility and cultural awareness during all stages of the process.

Reprinted with permission from American Journal of Evaluation, Vol. 27, No. 3, Sept. 2006, pp. 320-336. Copyright © 2006 American Evaluation Association.

Originally published in: American Journal of Evaluation, Vol. 27, No. 3, Sept. 2006, pp. 320-336.

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