ERIC Number: ED472724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
The Evaluation Exchange: Emerging Strategies in Evaluating Child and Family Services, 2002.
Lopez, M. Elena, Ed.
The Evaluation Exchange, 2002., v8 n1-3 Spr-Win
This document is comprised of the three 2002 issues of a newsletter of the Harvard Family Research Project, designed to share new ideas and experiences in evaluating systems reform and comprehensive child and family services. The Spring issue focuses on family support evaluations and their role in advancing the field of family support and includes articles on the following topics: (1) the need to expand the notion of family support to include using information for collective action; (2) an overview on effect size and what it reveals about family support program effectiveness; (3) suggestions for strengthening family support research and evaluation; (4) a national database of family support programs incorporating family supportive evaluation; (5) parents' role in using data to assess and change the performance of their children's schools; and (6) participatory action research to build community capacity. The Fall issue concerns continuous improvement in human service organizations and includes articles on: (1) building a workplace culture that values inquiry and critical self-review; (2) a learning approach to evaluation; (3) increasing program equity without compromising program efficiency; (4) results accountability systems; (5) developing an outcome-based information system; and (6) balancing program impact with continuous improvement. The Winter issue focuses on public communication campaigns and includes articles on the following topics: (1) behavioral change theory; (2) methods for campaign evaluation; (3) research and evaluation inside the Ad Council; (4) tips for judging the credibility of research; and (5) a ground strategy for spreading campaign messages. Each issue includes information on training opportunities, evaluation resources, and promising practices in program evaluation. (KB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Change Strategies, Child Welfare, Community Programs, Effect Size, Efficiency, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, Evaluation Problems, Evaluation Research, Evaluation Utilization, Family Programs, Family Support, Human Services, Newsletters, Parent Role, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Public Opinion, Self Evaluation (Groups), Theory Practice Relationship, Welfare Services
Harvard Family Research Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 38 Concord Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138. Tel: 617-495-9108; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.hfrp.org.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.