ERIC Number: ED464945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-2
Measuring the Immeasurable: Linking Interventions to Outcomes in a Family Preservation Program Evaluation.
Nielsen, Jennifer L.; Croasdaile, Susanne S.; Gansneder, Bruce M.
The objective of this study was to determine the feasibility of process-outcome evaluation in a broad-aim social program. Researchers collaborated with program staff to create outcome measures and measures of the services provided. Interventions for different groups of program participants were analyzed, using data on 122 children from kindergarten through fifth grade. Program participants having high initial levels of risk for child maltreatment received more information or support for relational services, information or support for legal services, referrals to financial services, referrals to health services, referrals to relational services, and referrals to legal services. In contrast, these program participants received less information or support for academic services than those with low initial risk. Families who achieved program goals received more interventions for academic services and more referrals to academic services. The findings support the effectiveness of process-outcome evaluation as applied to broad aim social programs. Program staff were able to complete the measures independently after training with evaluators, indicating that the design may be suitable for ongoing, long-term program evaluation. An appendix contains the study survey. (Contains 3 tables and 30 references.) (SLD)
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