Evaluation is a systematic set of activities designed to measure either the effectiveness of the change process or the outcomes of the change efforts. Monitoring helps keep track of changes and considers how well these goals are being achieved. Monitoring involves ongoing data collection to obtain new information and/or evaluate the need for a change of interventions.
Source: Thomlison, B. (2016). Family Assessment Handbook (4th Edition). Cengage Learning
On-going assessment asks whether there has been a change, did the intervention work, and whether the individual or family is ready to terminate service.
Thomlison, B. (2016). Selecting Family Assessment Instruments to Evaluate Change (Chapter 9). In Family assessment handbook (4th Edition) (pp. 157-170). Cengage Learning. Discusses three categories:
The following instruments are mentioned in Thomlison, B. (2016). Family Assessment Handbook (4th Edition). Cengage Learning.
Strengths-based measures for children
Child specific instruments: Behavior Rating Index for Children; Eyberg Child Behavior inventory
Stages of Change Scale (SCS) (McConnaughy, Prochaska, & Velicer, 1983).
These external sources provide general guidance that may be applicable and adjusted to social work, but may not have specific social work examples.
The Community Builder’s Approach to Theory of Change: A Practical Guide to Theory Development (The Aspen Institute’s Roundtable on Community Change).
Tara Gregory on Using Storytelling to Help Organizations Develop Logic Models discusses techniques to facilitate creative discussion while still attending to the elements in a traditional logic model.
Measuring Program Outcomes (United Way)
Evaluation Guidebook for Projects Funded by S.T.O.P. Formula Grants under the Violence Against Women Act (Chapter 2 logic model)
"The termination phase of clinical practice is an important component of the therapeutic process. The ending of the therapeutic relationship, whether planned or unplanned, can elicit feelings of loss, separation, and guilt, impacting both the client and the practitioner. The reasons for ending service and preparation for termination can affect the client's gains."
Source: Ballan, M., & Mera, M (2013). Termination. In Encyclopedia of Social Work. Oxford University Press