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ERIC Number: ED415986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 68
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Responding to Cuts in Funding for Social Services.
Moats, Debbie
Many family support programs find it difficult to provide evidence of program efficacy to community groups, agencies, and funding sources. This practicum study involved the development and implementation of a management information system (MIS) to meet the needs and goals of a family support program, including the need for program evaluation. The implementation of the MIS consisted of three steps. First a meeting with the staff was held to design the MIS in a way that would meet the needs of the program, program funders, and potential community funders. Second, the database was designed to track the development and growth of the client while meeting program goals, and included client data, services provided, and ongoing assessments. Third, staff training was established for data input into the MIS. Evaluation findings indicated that the objectives for the practicum were successfully met, and the MIS is currently in use. The social service agency sponsoring the family support program found the database to be effective in documenting statistics for funding purposes as well as for other agency needs. The MIS provided the family support program a tool for ongoing evaluation while saving time and money. (Eight appendices include budget funding graphs, staff training evaluation survey, and monitoring checklist. Contains 31 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A