In the past decade, interest in multisite evaluation has grown, butthere is still not a substantial literature on the issues involvedin conducting evaluations in multiple sites. There are, however, anumber of threads that readers may be interested in pursuing. Theliterature on clinical trials increasingly contains references toconducting multicenter clinical trials. Cluster evaluation is anapproach to multisite evaluation that has been developed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for improving the evaluation of certainfoundation initiatives. The studies described in this volumerepresent an approach to multisite evaluation that has much incommon with the clinical trials tradition. However, it shares withcluster evaluation an appreciation for the adjustments that arenecessary to reflect the realities of conducting evaluationresearch in actual service settings.This is the 94th issue of the quarterly report New Directions forEvaluation.
About the Author
JAMES M. HERRELL is a social science analyst with the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
ROGER B. STRAW is director of the Division of Planning and Evaluation, Office of Planning and Evaluation, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Table of Contents
EDITORS' NOTES (James M. Herrell, Roger B. Straw).1. A Framework for Understanding and Improving MultisiteEvaluations (Roger B. Straw, James M. Herrell).2. Treating Marijuana Dependence in Adults: A Multisite, RandomizedClinical Trial (Thomas F. Babor, Karen L. Steinberg, Bonnie McRee,Janice Vendetti, Kathleen M. Carroll).3. The Pioneer: The Employment Intervention Demonstration Program(Judith A. Cook, Martha Ann Carey, Lisa A. Razzano, Jane Burke,Crystal R. Blyler).4. A Prospective Meta-Analytic Approach in a Multisite Study ofHomelessness Prevention (Steven Banks, Gregory J. McHugo, ValerieWilliams, Robert E. Drake, Marybeth Shinn).5. A Multisite Evaluation of Supported Housing: Lessons Learnedfrom Cross-Site Collaboration (Debra J. Rog, Frances L.Randolph).6. A Multisite Evaluation of Treatment of MethamphetamineDependence in Adults (Richard A. Rawson, Patricia J.Marinelli-Casey, Alice Huber).7. Lessons Learned About Science and Participation from MultisiteEvaluations (H. Stephen Leff, Virginia Mulkern).INDEX.