Program evaluation is a field of study that is used to find opportunities for improvement to improve the public value of the program (Newcomer et al, 2015). However, to determine if an organization or program can truly benefit from an evaluation and generate action from the results the organization or program can undergo an evaluability assessment, which looks at aspects such as culture or systems in place. This research paper conducts an evaluability assessment for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital to determine how receptive its Sub-Acute Rehabilitation unit would be to an evaluation, followed by recommendations that are supported by program evaluation models and theories. After learning about the organization’s cultures, operations, and practices, a literature review of journals and textbooks on evaluation and evaluability was conducted to determine that Mary Free Bed was indeed receptive to evaluations but perceived them as stressful events to be feared. To alleviate this, recommendations were made to the unit to get more exposure to evaluations through working with an evaluation coach, going through an empowerment evaluation, or learning more about the Evaluation Capacity Building process.
"Evaluability Assessment: Mary Free Bed Sub-Acute Rehab,"
SPNHA Review: Vol. 17
, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/spnhareview/vol17/iss1/7