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ERIC Number: ED412017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Making Information Work for You: A Guide for Collecting Good Information and Using It To Improve Comprehensive Strategies for Children, Families, and Communities.
Wagner, Mary; Fiester, Leila; Reisner, Elizabeth; Murphy, Daniel; Golan, Shari
A consensus has emerged in recent years that the fragmented systems serving children and families need to be restructured and integrated in ways that make them accessible, family-focused, and able to accommodate cultural differences. Collaborative partnerships involving schools, families, and other community stakeholders are learning that they are better able to improve results for children and families through comprehensive strategies--approaches that bring together an array of resources in order to improve access to education, health care, and human services; develop individual skills; foster local opportunities; and coordinate and align systems. This guide book, which deals with collecting and using information to improve comprehensive strategies, contains five chapters. The first introduces the idea of comprehensive strategies and continuous evaluation. The second chapter presents a framework for continuous evaluation, highlighting cross-cutting evaluation principles and the various stages of planning and conducting a good evaluation. Chapters 3 and 4 expand on these ideas, exploring the stages of the evaluation framework outlined in chapter 2. Both chapters discuss questions to consider, ways to obtain information to answer them, and examples of how having good information has strengthened real-world strategies at each stage in their development. Chapter 5 describes key internal and external resources that can enrich an evaluation. The guide concludes with a tool kit, which contains tables and sample forms that support points made in the text, and a reference section, which contains 25 references. (LPP)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Cooperation, Community Coordination, Data Collection, Data Interpretation, Documentation, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Programs, Information Dissemination, Information Retrieval, Information Seeking, Information Sources, Integrated Services, Program Evaluation, School Community Programs
Phone: 1-800-USA LEARN.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.; Policy Studies Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.