The evaluation life cycle: a retrospective assessment of stages and phases of the circles of care initiative

Am Indian Alsk Native Ment Health Res. 2004 Aug 12;11(2):30-41. doi: 10.5820/aian.1102.2004.30.


A life cycle metaphor characterizes the evolving relationship between the evaluator and program staff. This framework suggests that common developmental dynamics occur in roughly the same order across groups and settings. There are stage-specific dynamics that begin with Pre-History, which characterize the relationship between the grantees and evaluator. The stages are: (a) Pre-History, (b) Process, (c) Development, (d) Action, (e) Findings-Compilation, and (f) Transition. The common dynamics, expectations, and activities for each stage are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Welfare / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Community Health Planning / methods*
  • Community Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Community Mental Health Services / standards
  • Community Networks / organization & administration*
  • Community Networks / standards*
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards*
  • Health Care Surveys / methods
  • Health Planning Support
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American*
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Needs Assessment / organization & administration
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Program Evaluation / methods*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • United States
  • United States Indian Health Service / legislation & jurisprudence