ERIC Number: ED360724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Assessing Family Outcomes in Two-Generation Programs: Lessons Learned and Future Directions.
Jewett, Janet; And Others
The interrelationships between child and family outcomes can best be understood within an ecological perspective of psychological, social, and economic factors. Based on work with a group of early education and intervention projects with a two-generation focus, this paper proposes a conceptual framework for defining and assessing the impact of programs on families. A matrix is developed that relates program goals, objectives, and activities to projected impacts and outcomes. Summary tables of impacts, outcomes, indicators, and measures are given for five overlapping dimensions of family life: (1) child-family relations; (2) family psychosocial environment; (3) family health and nutrition; (4) family resources and support; and (5) family-school-community relations. This analytic tool has utility for program planners and evaluators. Using the matrix in the planning process embeds assessment into the intervention and identifies measurable outcomes related to program goals. Using the matrix in the evaluative process provides a way of analyzing program effects and insuring the relevance and applicability of identified indicators and measures. Five tables and three figures are included. (Contains 54 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).