ERIC Number: ED457658
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Blind Babies Program Not Effectively Implemented: Continued Funding by State Cannot Be Justified. OPPAGA Special Review.
Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
This report presents an evaluation of Florida's Blind Babies Program, which provides community-based, early intervention education to visually impaired or blind children from birth through age 5 and to their parents, families, and caregivers. The evaluation found that: (1) the Division of Blind Services had not developed an adequate accountability system; (2) the Division did not effectively use the pilot project for program development; and (3) the Division failed to achieve statewide implementation. The report concludes that it cannot recommend the continued funding of the program since it cannot assure the Florida state legislature that the program is not duplicating existing programs, is having the desired impacts, or is cost effective. If funding were discontinued, 185 children and 364 family members would no longer receive the program's services, but the effectiveness of these services is not conclusive. Individual sections of the report address the program's purpose, background, and detailed findings. Specific recommendations to ensure program success are offered in the event that the legislature wishes to continue funding the program. An appended response from the Commissioner of Education identifies extenuating circumstances affecting the program and urges its continuation. (DB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Blindness, Early Intervention, Infants, Parent Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Programs
Florida State Legislature, Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA), 111 W. Madison Street, Room 312, Claude Pepper Bldg., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475; Tel: 800-531-2477 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.oppaga.state.fl.us/.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
Identifiers - Location: Florida