ERIC Number: ED443927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-10
Reference Count: N/A
Project Change Evaluation Research Brief.
Leiderman, Sally A.; Dupree, David M.
Project Change is a community-driven anti-racism initiative operating in four communities: Albuquerque, New Mexico; El Paso, Texas; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Valdosta, Georgia. The formative evaluation of Project Change began in 1994 when all of the sites were still in planning or early action phases. Findings from the summative evaluation will be available in 2002. This report provides more technical information than has been available previously. It covers: (1) development of the Project Change model and theory of change; (2) evaluation approach and challenges; (3) early findings; and (4) next steps in evaluation. Some of the special challenges of anti-racism work have been identified. These include the fact that people want to know whether the work is effective long before tangible results are likely to be produced. Because it is not clear what it will take to solve the problem of racism, it is hard to use markers of progress to predict eventual success from early results. Evaluation findings do show that communities have benefited from Project Change in some tangible ways. The policies of lending institutions have changed to make new funds available to poor people. Project sites have raised awareness about hate crimes, and communities are beginning to institutionalize their Project Change work so that it will last beyond the initial funding. Some unintended benefits have come to participants in terms of new skills and a higher degree of awareness. Some social policy benefits have also been apparent as lessons generated by project management, the communities, and the evaluation have helped stimulate anti-racism activities by other funders and in other communities. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Levi Strauss Foundation, Inc., San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: Center for Assessment and Policy Development, Bala Cynwyd, PA.