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ERIC Number: ED503025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Early Childhood Program Evaluations: A Decision-Maker's Guide
National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation
Increasing demands for evidence-based early childhood services and the need by policymakers to know whether a program is effective or whether it warrants a significant investment of public and/or private funds--coupled with the often-politicized debate around these topics--make it imperative for policymakers and civic leaders to have independent knowledge to evaluate the quality and relevance of the evidence provided in reports. This guide helps prepare decision-makers to be better consumers of evaluation information by posing five key questions that address both the substance and the utility of rigorous evaluation research: (1) Is the evaluation design strong enough to produce trustworthy evidence? (2) What program services were actually received by participating children and families and comparison groups? (3) How much impact did the program have? (4) Do program benefits exceed costs? and (5) How similar are the programs, children, and families in the study to those in your constituency or community? [Partners involved in the development of this guide include: The FrameWorks Institute; National Conference of State Legislatures; and National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. Additional funding for this publication was provided by the Buffett Early Childhood Fund.]
National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation. Available from: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. 50 Church Street 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138. Tel: 617-496-0578; Fax: 617-496-1229; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: McCormick Tribune Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A