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ERIC Number: EJ791779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1097-6736
Evaluating Home Visitation: A Case Study of Evaluation at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Sherwood, Kay E.
New Directions for Evaluation, n105 p59-81 Spr 2005
David Packard, chairman of the board of trustees of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and an engineer by training and profession, was personally steeped in scientific method and committed to the belief that public resources should be invested in programs on the basis of evidence. He extended this standard to the foundation's investments and was thus an enthusiastic supporter of the idea of starting a think tank within the foundation that would combine research and grant-making in a multidisciplinary approach to issues affecting children, with the aim of influencing policy and practice. In this article, the author presents a case study of home visitation evaluation at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a private foundation which provides grants to home visiting programs for children. The foundation employed an evaluation-focused grant-making strategy over more than a decade in a particular child development service area--the home visitation approach--that illustrates, among other lessons, the management of disappointing evaluation results. (Contains 19 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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