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Abstract: This thesis exemplifies one step in the iterative process of program
evaluation that all non-profit organizations should undertake - developing an
evidence-based rationale. A relatively new youth serving non-profit organization, The
Possible Project (launched in 2011), served as the case study for this project. Through a
participatory evaluation involving two measures, the staff of ... read moreThe Possible Project
identified the core program component to be studied. Staff chose Pathways Advising, which
is a critical program element whereby students receive educational and career counseling. A
four-part literature review supports The Possible Project's decision to integrate this
component into its program model. Recommendations for how to strengthen the Pathways
Advising model are included. In addition, suggestions are offered on how other non-profit
organizations can replicate this process.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and
Advisor: Francine Jacobs.
Committee: Penn Loh.
Keyword: Social research.read less