ERIC Number: ED374955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Dissemination of "Family Connections" for the Laboratory Network Program.
Danin, Susan T.
This report evaluates the dissemination to rural communities in New Jersey of a program previously found to be successful in rural Appalachian communities. The report evaluates the collaboration process between Research for Better Schools (RBS), the New Jersey Rural Assistance Council (RAC), and Appalachia Educational Laboratory (AEL), who developed the program. Family Connections consists of 30 weekly guides designed for use by families in helping their preschool children develop identified skills. Key individuals involved in program dissemination were asked questions about the roles different people played, resources required, decision-making processes, success stories, and problems and resolutions. The collaboration was considered successful due to the following factors: (1) both RBS and AEL benefitted from the collaboration (e.g., the program helped RBS meet its goals for working with the New Jersey RAC, and AEL gained assessment information about the program); (2) key people from both laboratories were compatible and flexible; and (3) RBS and AEL shared costs and responsibilities for promoting the program. Successful program dissemination in New Jersey was the result of support from key leaders in the RAC and in the counties with established relationships with RBS; the "user-friendly" nature of Family Connections in that it is easily understood, adaptable, and relatively inexpensive to implement; an internal support structure consisting of implementation teams, a local coordinator, and follow-up meetings; direct dissemination of the program to people who would implement it; and enthusiasm resulting in schools' willingness to assume the cost for continuing the program. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey