Chapter 6. Planning an outcomes exploration: design and be SMART

[Introduction to “Outcome Measures and Evaluation in Counselling and Psychotherapy”, created 20/5/21, work in progress until book launch. Do not make use of anything you find here until this warning disappears after the launch.]

Headings

  • WHAT DO YOU WANT TO TELL AND TO WHOM?
  • FIT YOUR DESIGN TO YOUR AUDIENCE
    • What outcome or change matters to your clients?
    • What outcome or change matters to you the therapist (and why)?
    • What outcome or change matters to your external audience?
    • Audience and power relationships
    • What data analyses are persuasive to your audience?
  • GOOD DESIGN
    • SMART design
      • Sample size and designs: pre-post designs
      • Sessional data
      • Numbers of clients, of sessions and of therapy endings
      • Quantitative, qualitative and mixed data and methods
      • Design and issues of confidentiality and ethics
  • WHEN NOT TO MEASURE!
  • MAKING THE BEST OF IMPOSED OMS