ERIC Number: ED436333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Process and Outcomes Evaluation of an Even Start Program.
Meehan, Merrill L.; Walsh, Sandra; Swisher, Angie; Spring, Janet; Lewis, Harry
The Even Start Family Literacy Program is a national program that addresses the literacy and educational needs of adults in eligible families, teaches effective parenting skills, and addresses the preschool readiness needs of young children in the family. The Monongalia County (West Virginia) Even Start Program was unusual in that it took place in a rural area and used home visits as the primary service delivery mechanism. An independent, third-party evaluation of the Monongalia County program collected data from program records, interviews, observations, and seven participant outcome measures over a 2-year period. An innovation configuration matrix (ICM) was constructed and used to describe and evaluate eight program components: identification and recruitment, home visits, early childhood education, parenting education, adult education and literacy, collaboration, evaluation, and staff development. Findings indicate that the ICM is an accurate and useful portrayal of the program, and that the program had a large impact on adults' reading and mathematics literacy and parenting outcomes; tremendous impact on children's school readiness; and some impact on children's auditory comprehension, expressive communication, and total language development. Recommendations are offered concerning program continuation, program improvements, evaluation utilization, and new evaluations. (Contains nine references, seven data tables, and the ICM.) (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia