ERIC Number: ED443574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
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CHILD, Inc. Head Start & the University of Rhode Island Partnership: The Early Head Start Continuous Improvement & Evaluation Plan.
Caruso, David A.; Horm-Wingerd, Diane M.; Golas, Julianna C.
One of the first joint efforts of the collaborative partnership of the University of Rhode Island and the CHILD, Inc. Head Start program has been the design of the Early Head Start Continuous Improvement and Evaluation Project (EHS Plan), research designed to assess and continuously strengthen the quality of services offered to children and families enrolled in Early Head Start. Based on the view that forming an equal partnership between the evaluators and Head Start staff leads to collaboration in the conception, design, and implementation of an evaluation study, this collaboration enables the joint formulation of meaningful questions and determination of appropriate methods. This paper highlights the EHS Plan. The project used a multi-variable, multi-system, and contextual research design; data collection strategies included records review, questionnaires for staff and families, observation, and interviews. Three major areas comprising the project are noted: (1) assessment of progress toward program objectives; (2) collection of qualitative information on families; and (3) documentation on program management. An appended table delineates the goals for program evaluation and training, and technical assistance in the areas of child development, family development, community building, and staff development. The report concludes by asserting that the EHS evaluation plan and partnership comprise a model design that can meet the growing needs of Head Start. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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