Subjective outcome evaluation based on secondary data analyses: The Project P.A.T.H.S. in Hong Kong

Tan Lei Shek, Rachel C.F. Sun

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The intent of this study was to evaluate the program effectiveness of the Project P.A.T.H.S. (Pcombining macron belowositive Acombining macron belowdolescent Tcombining macron belowraining through Hcombining macron belowolistic Scombining macron belowocial Programmes) (Secondary 1 Curriculum) by analyzing 207 school-based program reports, in which program implementers were invited to write down five conclusions based on an integration of the subjective outcome evaluation data collected from the program participants and program implementers. Secondary data analyses were conducted and 1,855 meaningful units were extracted from 1,035 "aggregated" conclusions. Among them, about 27 and 18% were related to perceptions of the program and implementers, respectively, and most of them were positive in nature. About one-third was related to perceived effectiveness of the program, and most of them referred to enhancement of students' development in societal, familial, interpersonal, and personal aspects. However, difficulties encountered during program implementation (3.34%) and recommendations for improvement (18.11%) were also reported. The present study replicated the findings reported in previous studies and suggests that the Tier 1 Program of the Project P.A.T.H.S. is beneficial to the development of the program participants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-237
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2010


  • Positive youth development program
  • Secondary data analyses
  • Subjective outcome evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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