Date of Award


Degree Name

Nursing (D.N.P.)


College of Nursing

First Advisor

Jean Barry

Second Advisor

Marie VanderKooi

Third Advisor

Maria Andrea


Introduction: Lack of a program evaluation plan for a community targeted primary prevention program poses a risk for undefined program effectiveness. Conducting a systemic program evaluation helps determine program effectiveness and value. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the process of implementing a program evaluation during a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) scholarly project.

Objectives: The objectives of this project were to apply a scholarly approach to program evaluation utilizing evidence-based practice tools, demonstrate DNP Essentials and health systems leader competencies, and describe the steps taken during the process.

Methods: The CDC Framework for Program Evaluation (2011) was the design used for this project. The setting was a department within a West Michigan health system. The sample would have been on <60 African American participants. Analysis of the participants was incomplete due to limitations within the organization.

Results: Implementing the evaluation framework in this department drove program focus and redesign for this program and others within the department.

Conclusions: Following the systemic process and implementing an evidence-based program evaluation tool into practice that affected change at a systemic level within a large West Michigan health system.

Implications: Practice changes should include an evaluation plan at the beginning of program conception or implemented as soon as possible to confirm program effectiveness or the need for restructure and/or redesign.

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