ERIC Number: ED455934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Family Outcomes. NCEDL Spotlights, No. 9.
National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.
Noting that the focus of early intervention has expanded to include family-oriented programs and services, this report proposes a framework for evaluating outcomes for families. The framework is offered as a vehicle for further discussion and is based on current values, theories, and models of family functioning, and relationships between families and professionals across the life span; the framework reflects outcomes that early intervention could be expected to affect. Two broad types of family outcomes are proposed: (1) family perceptions of the early intervention experience; and (2) impact of early intervention on various domains of family life. Evaluation questions related to family perceptions include whether the family sees early intervention as appropriate in making a difference in their child's life and whether the family has a positive view of professionals and the special service system. Evaluation questions related to impact on domains of family life include whether early intervention enhanced the family's perceived ability to work with professionals and advocate for services, whether early intervention assisted the family in building a strong support system, and whether early intervention enhanced the family's perceived quality of life. The report concludes with a brief discussion of implications for policy and practice. (KB)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Early Intervention, Family Programs, Family (Sociological Unit), Models, Parent Attitudes, Parents, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Public Policy
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, CB #8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185. Tel: 919-966-0867; Web site: http://www.ncedl.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.
Note: Excerpted from "Family Outcomes in Early Intervention: A Framework for Program Evaluation and Efficacy Research" by Donald B. Bailey, Jr., R. A. McWilliam, Lynette S. Aytch, Rune J. Simeonsson, Kathy Hebbeler, Donna Spiker, and Mary Wagner, which appeared in "Exceptional Children," volume 64, number 3, 1998, pp.313-328.