ERIC Number: ED372135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Framework for Evaluating Family Centers.
Coulton, Claudia J.
A framework is presented for evaluating family centers in the context of the community environment. The family centers will be created in a variety of communities and under varying auspices. Several will be selected as prototype centers and, as such, will need more elaborate evaluation plans than the others. Prototype centers will need to evaluate all, whereas other centers may need to incorporate only a portion, of the following evaluation issues: (1) population-based outcomes (effects on the target groups); (2) program outcomes (effects on families and service results); (3) systems outcomes (effects on surrounding communities); (4) process and quality (use and appropriateness of services and programs); and (5) costs. The framework must move beyond the traditional input-output models of evaluation to include the processes of program-community interaction and population dynamics throughout the entire program process. Evaluation information will come from administrative agency data and the Family Registration and Information System, as well as measures of participant satisfaction, individual, family, and community change, and archival and perceptual data. One figure illustrates the evaluation process. (Contains 16 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH. Center for Urban Poverty and Social Change.