Evaluate the Process
Evaluating the process relies on feedback from employees and leadership about the acceptance of the wellness program. The purpose is to assess whether the elements of the program were completed as intended. If results suggest that program objectives were not met, evaluating the process can help determine which program component was not implemented as expected and the reasons why.
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The purpose of outcome evaluation is to assess changes in attitudes, behaviors (both short term and sustained over time), and health risks. It can be more difficult to perform outcome evaluation than process evaluation since the results can take longer to compile, but the information gathered from this type of evaluation is extremely valuable. Outcome evaluation relies on the presence of baseline data for a well-defined group of people to compare with data gathered after implementing the program.
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After completing the evaluation, compile the results into a brief report to share with leadership and employees, highlighting progress towards reaching the goals outlined in the wellness plan. The evidence-based process for worksite wellness is cyclical: Once there is sufficient leadership support for a program, these steps should be followed on a regular basis, so the results gained from evaluation can be used to improve upon the wellness program and achieve even greater results in the future.