ERIC Number: ED449892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Using Results To Improve the Lives of Children and Families: A Guide for Public-Private Child Care Partnerships.
This guide is designed to help child care partnerships understand three different ways of using results-based decision making (to manage their own work, to manage the work of others, and to contribute to the work of others), and how they can use this process most effectively to improve the lives of children and families. The guide is intended to help partnerships recognize and manage the political issues around results-based decision making, and understand enough about the technical considerations to be able to ask good questions and seek more information. The guide is organized into the following sections: (1) introduction; (2) benefits of and cautions about using results-based decision making; (3) the language of results- based decision making; (4) the creation of "logic models," which are frameworks for linking the partnership's desired results with activities to effect change; (5) guidelines for using results-based decision making to improve performance; (6) a phased approach for using results-based decision making to improve the lives of children and families; and (7) conclusion. The appendices include resources for more detailed information on specific topics (such as instruments to measure collaboration, quality of child care, child development, family functioning, and parenting skills). Contains 22 references. (EV)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Day Care, Decision Making, Early Childhood Education, Evaluation Utilization, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Child Care Bureau.
Authoring Institution: Finance Project, Washington, DC.; National Governors' Association, Washington, DC.; Families and Work Inst., New York, NY.