Evaluation of e a diabetes education program at local children’s hospital
Needs assessment on Diabetes Education
            Sources for the Needs Assessment:
            http://www.diabetes.org/home.jsp- Diabetes Assoc.
            http://www.joslin.org/index.asp- Joslin Diabetes Center
            http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?page_id=103438- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
            Books: (More to be added)
            Plotnick, L, & Henderson, R. (1998). Clinical management of the child and teenager with          diabetes. Baltimore; John Hopkins University Press.

Outcome Assessment

            Distribute questionnaires to families of pediatric newly diagnosed patients at the time of their first endocrinologist visit.
            The participants will evaluate the diabetes education program based on:
  1. diet
  2.    medication
  3.  exercise
Efficiency Analysis
I will do the questionnaire using quantifiable measures and establishing a codebook. After that I don’t really know what I would do with my data. I propose having about 30 questions in the questionnaire. I know I can do means and SD but what other methods of analysis should/could I use? Any ideas here.
In addition, I know program monitoring is a step but I just wanted to evaluate the “after math” of the program. Do I have to do program monitoring for reliability?

What Rhonna has proposed is really two, possibly three studies - each one deserving of attention on its own merits.  For your proposal, you might just consider Topics 1 and 2 as prelimenary to Topic 3, which is your main concern, if I read your proposal correctly.

Part 1: The Defining Diabetes Education
What you will want to document is the extent/prevalence of diabetes among children nationally and in the local area.
Divide this part of your literature review into sections that make the most sense - What is Diabetes, Extent of Diabetes among children under 15 years of age??, the extent of information for parents and children on the topic of diabetes and advocacy for children, and so on.
The Diabetes Association at  http://www.diabetes.org  provides, as you mention,  good information on initial questions about Diabetes Education,
The pages at http://www.diabetes.org/for-parents-and-kids.jsp.  You would want to use these pages as citations for your literature review section on Diabetes Education (topic 2). Same for the Joslin Diabetes Center http://www.joslin.org/index.asp- Joslin Diabetes Center and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation  http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?page_id=103438 

You still need to find more sources on the topic of Diabetes Education, as opposed to research on the disease itself.
Keep focused on the idea of education, not prevention or medical research.          


To that end - looking for educational materials and assessment of knowledge levels about childhood diabetes among caregivers and parents, your literature review should have a major section on this topic - What Parents Need to Know About Childhood Diabetes.
From this section, you should be able to construct the questionnaire you propose in the next step.

Part 2: What you call "Outcome Assessment" is really Needs Assessment for Diabetes Education.
Distribute questionnaires to families of pediatric newly diagnosed patients at the time of their first endocrinologist visit.
You initially said participants will evaluate the diabetes education program, but you don't have a diabetes program as yet.
So:   The participants will be assessed on their knowledge of:
Keep in mind - that each of the knowledge areas will have to have 1) some literature review citations on which to legitimate the questions, and 2) some specific questions about each topic area.  For example, Understanding of Basic Disease Functioning?? would require several questions to test a parent's knowledge about how the functioning of their child will change as a result of the disease.  You would want to be able to offer parents questions with one best choice (like a multiple choice examination).    The idea is to allow level of knowledge help to formulate the teaching modules in the education program.

If there already is a diabetes education program at the hospital you choose, then you would use your questionnaire as a kind of Pre-program test.
I will do the questionnaire using quantifiable measures and establishing a codebook. After that I don’t really know what I would do with my data. I propose having about 30 questions in the questionnaire. I know I can do means and SD but what other methods of analysis should/could I use? Any ideas here.

The design of your questionnaire items should be aided by what the literature saus about how much parents already know and what they need to know.
The education program should cover all these topics - your questionnaire will detect what parents know before education and can assess what they've learned (pre-test minus post-test results) . For each questionnaire item you might have a pre-post test comparision (t-tests) which would indicate what the educaton program has accomplished.   If you group the t-tests into the same categories as mentioned above (i.e., understanding, diet/medication/exercise information, coping etc.),
you will be able to see if the educational program is getting the points across in each category.

A t-test table for the questions in each category will allow you to "see" if the program is getting its points across.

Topic 3: Efficiency Analysis - this is really Assessment of the Educational Program (see above)

Do I have to do program monitoring for reliability?  Actually, program monitoring is achieved everytime you assess what people are taking from the program.
-ddw