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From the Director's Desk

An introduction to the issue on Evaluation in the 21st Century by HFRP's Founder & Director, Heather B. Weiss, Ed.D.

Theory & Practice

Learning From the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Evaluation Grants Program

Heather Weiss and Karen Horsch of Harvard Family Research Project highlight the experiences from an evaluation approach that rethinks the traditional program–evaluator relationship and enables us to learn what works and what does not.

Questions & Answers

Interview With Carol H. Weiss

Evaluator, educator, and author Carol Weiss shares her thoughts about what the next century might mean for the field of evaluation, the training of evaluators, and the connection between evaluation and policymaking.

Promising Practices

Cluster Evaluation

James Sanders of the Evaluation Institute discusses the utility of cluster evaluation as a way to examine multiple programs.

Beyond Basic Training

Betty Cooke of the Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning describes Minnesota’s experiences using program staff as data collectors. Stan Schneider and Berle Mirand Driscoll from Metis Associates writes about using students as ethnographers in a study of a family resource center. Cheryl Fish-Parcham of Families USA and Theresa Shivers of United Planning Organization/Head Start write about using client families in a study of managed health care.

Evaluations to Watch

Following up With the Evaluation Work of Asian Neighborhood Design

Maurice Lim Miller follows up a previous article on an evaluation tool used by the Asian Neighborhood Design, which is now being used to examine welfare reform efforts in San Francisco.


Welfare, Information, and the New Federalism

Thomas Gais of the Rockefeller Institute of Government discusses the use of information technology in welfare reform.

New & Noteworthy

An annotated list of organizations and initiatives related to evaluation in the 21st century.

Electronic Mailbox

A list of useful resources on the Internet.

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