ERIC Number: ED428864
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
How Are We Doing? A Program Self-Assessment Toolkit for the Family Support Field.
Ahsan, Nilofer; Cramer, Lina
The principles of family support are clear: building on the strengths, resources, culture, and capacity of families and communities is the best way to provide for the optimal development of children. This program self-assessment book gives family support programs specific, short-term and long-term benchmarks to help them enact the principles of family support in day-to-day practice. Using the detailed checklists provided in this tool, programs can systematically assess their own performance in any or all of 10 areas: (1) governance; (2) outreach/engaging families; (3) programs and activities; (4) parent education and child development; (5) working one-on-one with families; (6) relationships with the community; (7) center environment; (8) home visiting; (9) staff roles and capacities; and (10) monitoring and evaluation. The kit includes: 10 self-assessment booklets--one for each of the 10 areas listed above (includes order forms for additional copies); photocopy masters of information-gathering tools (parent, staff, and board questionnaires) for use in conjunction with the self-assessment booklets; a spiral-bound guide with comprehensive, step-by-step instruction for using the assessment booklets and information gathering tools; and a computer diskette, with instructions for use, to help in compiling the information gathered. A 73-item bibliography is included in the guide. (HTH)
Family Coalition of America, 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60606; Tel: 312-338-0900; fax: 312-338-1522; Web site: wwwfrca.org (Kit with diskette, $24.95 to FRCA members; $32.50 each to non-members. Discount on quantity orders. Package of self-assessment booklets sold separately. Add $5 shipping to orders totaling up to $50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Family Resource Coalition, Chicago, IL.