Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp 443–453

Goal attainment scaling: A general method for evaluating comprehensive community mental health programs

  • Thomas J. Kiresuk
  • Robert E. Sherman

DOI: 10.1007/BF01530764

Cite this article as:
Kiresuk, T.J. & Sherman, R.E. Community Ment Health J (1968) 4: 443. doi:10.1007/BF01530764


A mental health enterprise may be described by either (a) rather general philosophical total mental health goals, or (b) highly diverse and individualized patient-therapist goals. Goals a. have not provided a workable framework for program evaluation. This paper proposes that evaluation be done in the framework of goals b. by setting up, before treatment, a measurable scale for each patient-therapist goal, and specifying, for each patient, a transformation of his overall goal attainment into a standardized T-score. This method, together with random assignment of patients to treatment modes, was devised to permit comparison of treatment modes within a program, but it also provides a good basis for a judgmental evaluation of the total program.

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© Behavioral Publications, Inc. 1968

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas J. Kiresuk
    • 1
  • Robert E. Sherman
    • 1
  1. 1.Hennepin County Mental Health CenterHennepin County General HospitalMinneapolis

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