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Evaluation and monitoring of community youth prevention programs using a robust productivity index

Yooneun Lee and Vittaldas Prabhu

Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 2019, vol. 68, issue C

Abstract: Evidence-based prevention and intervention programs for youth behavioral and mental problems have been implemented by many local community program providers. Due to the differences among communities in resource availability and the demand for services, however, policymakers and program practitioners require ways of measuring organizational efficiency in terms of resource commitment and improvement in individual outcomes. In this paper, we propose a robust productivity index for monitoring managerial performance and detecting exceptions in dynamic environments. Robust productivity bounds are constructed to identify innovators who make a technical shift. The approach is illustrated with panel data on youth outcomes from a selected multi-site community prevention program between the fiscal years 2010 and 2015. The results suggest that our approach not only permits classification of the innovators, but also recognizes patterns of change in productivity.

Keywords: Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA); Malmquist productivity index; Evidence-based prevention program (EBP); Organizational efficiency; Community operational research (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.seps.2018.04.003

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