Measuring the Impact of a Mindfulness Program

How to Determine the Impact of Your Mindfulness Program

Determining the Impact of Mindfulness Programs

Organizations are under pressure to demonstrate the impact of the resources they devote to the implementation of mindfulness and other wellness programs. In the video, I cover the use of practical applied research and evaluation tools, including the program logic model, to determine the impact of mindfulness programs.

Logic Models

A logic model is a tool used in evaluation to assist with designing and evaluating projects. It provides a one-page visual description of a program and includes the following elements: inputs (resources), activities, outputs, and outcomes. In the video below, I provide an overview of how to develop a logic model. I use the example of a mindfulness-based intervention I helped to develop and study at my university. I also discuss how we identified the outcomes that we would track, based on our understanding of how the intervention would impact students, faculty, and staff.

Professional Background

James Pann, Ph.D. helps people in nonprofit organizations who want to show the impact of their programs and figure out how to make them better. He is a psychologist and a Professor at Nova Southeastern University where he focuses on implementing program evaluation projects and teaching courses. Over the last 20 years, he has led numerous grant-funded evaluation and research projects. He also recently helped design and implement a study of a mindfulness-based program delivered online.

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James Pann, Ph.D. is a Professor at Nova Southeast University and a highly experienced psychologist and evaluator with nearly 25 years of experience. He conducts research and evaluation projects with non-profit organizations in the fields of health, human services, and education, and has received funding from multiple government agencies.

James holds multiple degrees including a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, an M.S. Ed. from the University of Miami, and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the host of the EvalNetwork podcast, a frequent conference presenter, and has published several peer-reviewed research articles and co-authored a book. James currently resides in Miami, Florida with his family and enjoys backpacking trips. Find out more about his work here.

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