Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 64–73 | Cite as

The impact of therapeutic effectiveness data on community mental health center management: The systems evaluation project

  • Douglas A. Bigelow


A major assumption of C.M.H. evaluation is that data fed back to center managers have an impact on the management, resulting in optimization of programs. This is the empirical question addressed in this paper. A study of the influences bearing on management decisions, the process of decision making, and the effects of introducting evaluation data into that process is described. The concepts, procedures, and instruments are set out as possible models for further investigation of the complex but fundamental question. The data presented are consistent with the hypotheses about the detailed influences of systems evaluation project evaluation data.


Mental Health Evaluation Data Health Center Health Psychology Management Decision 
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  1. Bigelow, D. A., & Lin, S.Concepts of therapeutic outcome, an outcome measure, and their validation. A paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 11 May 1972.Google Scholar

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© Human Sciences Press 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas A. Bigelow
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  1. 1.MHC of Boulder County, Inc.Boulder

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