ERIC Number: ED423965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Emerging Themes and Lessons Learned: The First Year of Smart Start.
Maxwell, Kelly; Bryant, Donna; Adkins, Amee; McCadden, Brian; Noblit, George
Smart Start is North Carolina's partnership between state government and local leaders, service providers, and families to better serve children under 6 years of age and their families. A formative evaluation of the Smart Start process, to inform the current state-level decision-making processes for future Smart Start efforts, was devised from a content analysis of notes and documents from the evaluation team's experiences in Year 1 of the program. The content analysis identified seven themes related to the evaluation team's perspective on the first year of Smart Start with regard to organizational structure, focus, planning process, decision-making process, state-county relations, local team diversity, and technical assistance. Patterns examined within each category provided the outline for recommendations. Recommendations include: (1) the inclusion of nontraditional stakeholders on the board to influence decisions; (2) clarification of the focus before the state funds additional demonstration programs; (3) viewing planning as a critical component of program success; (4) local evaluation of teams' satisfaction with the decision-making process; (5) an in-depth analysis of the contract approval process to identify problems causing delays; (6) the use of educational activities to bridge the knowledge gap among team members; and (7) provision of systematic technical assistance regarding the content of local plans and strategies. Reactions to the report from team leaders and executive directors, county collaboration coaches, and the Department of Human Resources are appended.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Center.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina