A national evaluation of community-based youth cessation programs: design and implementation

Eval Rev. 2010 Dec;34(6):487-512. doi: 10.1177/0193841X10391970.


Although widely available, little is known about the effectiveness of youth cessation treatments delivered in real-world settings. The authors recruited a nonprobability sample of 41 community-based group-format programs that treated at least 15 youth per year and included evidence-based treatment components. Data collection included longitudinal surveys of youth participants (n = 878); posttreatment surveys of program leaders (n = 77); and one-time surveys of organizational leaders (n = 64)and community leaders in education, health, and juvenile justice (n = 94). Information about smoking-related ordinances was collected at the state and local levels. The framework, evaluation design, and implementation strategies described in this article provide a template for large-scale real-world program evaluations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Community Health Services / methods*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Leadership
  • Logistic Models
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation / methods*
  • Public Health Practice
  • Research Design
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • United States