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ERIC Number: EJ817603
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
The Case of Top Beginnings and the Missing Child Outcomes: Case Study for the Early Childhood Systems Building Evaluation Symposium
Walker, Gary; Kubisch, Anne C.; Bruner, Charles; Sridharan, Sanjeev; Philliber, Susan; Shaw, Greg; Dichter, Harriet
American Journal of Evaluation, v29 n4 p500-507 2008
The Case of Top Beginnings and the Missing Child Outcomes is a fictionalized case study of a set of evaluation challenges faced in evaluating comprehensive initiatives that are seeking to build systems. In this case, the issue is a multistate foundation-funded early learning system building initiative that has to date primarily employed a case study approach that has provided a formative assessment of progress in building systems. Funders, practitioners, and evaluators all have perspectives on what is needed next to inform future work. In particular, funders want to see evidence of progress and signs that there are impacts on children's development and readiness for school. The case poses fundamental questions in evaluating such complex initiatives that involve public will building and mobilization as well as implementation concerns. The case poses specific issues that need to be answered in moving to a next stage of evaluation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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