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From the Director's Desk

An introduction to the issue on Community-Based Initiatives by HFRP's Founder & Director, Heather B. Weiss, Ed.D.


Parenting Programs and Poverty: What's Our Evidence?

Anne Brady and Julia Coffman of Harvard Family Research Project summarize the long-term evidence about two-generational interventions aimed at improving child development, parenting, and family economics.

Theory & Practice

Evaluating Community-Based Initiatives

M. Elena Lopez and Cami Anderson of Harvard Family Research Project conduct a focus group of Executive Directors of five complex CBIs to learn about the evaluation and self-assessment efforts.

Questions & Answers

Interview With Dr. Gary Orfield

Dr. Gary Orfield, Professor of Education and Social Policy at Harvard University, shares his research on poverty to situate CBIs in the context of the larger social and economic factors that may affect their success.

Evaluations to Watch

Evaluation Strategies of Selected Community-Based Initiatives

Harvard Family Research Project provides a chart of 20 major ongoing evaluations of CBIs.

Special Feature

Promising Methodologies for Evaluating CBIs

Cami Anderson and Sybilla Dorros from Harvard Family Research Project describe four new approaches and innovations of established methods for evaluating CBIs with examples.

New & Noteworthy

This section features an annotated list of papers, organizations, initiatives, and other resources related to the community-based initiatives.

Electronic Mailbox

A list of useful resources on the Internet.

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