ERIC Number: ED445772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Home-Start between Childhood and Maturity: A Programme Evaluation.
Terpstra, Linda; van Dijke, Anke
A crucial question for evaluating nationally or internationally implemented programs is whether local adaptations detract from program quality and effectiveness. An evaluation examined the program successes and challenges encountered in the first 5 years of Home-Start in the Netherlands, a home-based family support program for families with young children intended to prevent everyday problems or stressful circumstances developing into major or long-term problems. Local programs are embedded in a regional and national consultation and support structure. The core of the program involves volunteers, parents themselves, who visit families of young children an average of once a week to provide practical help, friendship, and support. The volunteers are trained by a coordinator, with whom they meet monthly. Eleven projects serving 190 families with 140 volunteers participated in this evaluation. Data were gathered through a variety of methods, including questionnaires, personal and group interviews, and document analysis. Findings were derived for families (including need for support, use of services, and program satisfaction), for volunteers (including training participation, personal program impact, family contacts, and support activities), and the projects (focusing on profiles of projects begun at different phases of the program). It was concluded that Home-Start has proved itself as a practical, feasible method that can be transferred to a variety of communities and that attention must be given to maintaining the integrity of the method in order to guarantee a quality program. (Contains 35 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Early Experience, Family Programs, Foreign Countries, Parent Child Relationship, Preschool Children, Prevention, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Reliability, Social Support Groups, Stress Variables
NIZW Uitgeverij, P.O. Box 19152, 3501 DD Utrecht, Netherlands; Tel: 00-33-0-30-230-66-07; e-mail: Bestel@nizw.nl.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Netherlands Inst. of Care and Welfare, Utrecht.
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands