ERIC Number: ED411934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Minnesota's Family Service Collaboratives and Children's Initiative Partners: A Resource Manual.
Bloomberg, Laura; Seppanen, Patricia; Stewart, Dan
Minnesota's Family Service Collaboratives and Children's Initiative Partners encourage cooperation between communities and schools to improve the health of babies and children, increase school readiness, provide stable family environments, and promote basic academic skills. To fulfill the evaluation needs of these programs, this resource manual presents an evaluation workshop designed to assist collaborative teams in conceptualizing and specifying their evaluation designs using a common evaluation framework that will allow for both site-specific and cross-site reporting of outcomes. The materials included in this manual introduce a five-step process for specifying an outcome evaluation design: (1) defining and specifying the key elements of the collaborative initiative; (2) specifying evaluation claims about the observable effects of the initiative; (3) specifying the evidence or documentation that may be used to substantiate each claim; (4) creating a map that links key elements and indicators; and (5) specifying an evaluation plan that includes level of evidence for each indicator, instruments and procedures, data analysis and standards of comparison. The manual discusses the role of evaluation consultants in assisting sites to specify their outcome education plans, and includes a form for sites to indicate the types of assistance that would be most helpful to them. Four background articles on potential outcomes and indicators, and a form for evaluating the workshop are appended. (JPB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Div. of Planning and Development.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota