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The Harvard Family Research Project separated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education to become the Global Family Research Project as of January 1, 2017. It is no longer affiliated with Harvard University.

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From the Director's Desk

An introduction to the issue on Family Resource Centers by HFRP's Founder & Director, Heather B. Weiss, Ed.D.

Special Feature

Evaluating Old Grove's Family Support Center

Harvard Family Research Project presents synopses of three alternative approaches to evaluating a hypothetical Robinswood Family Resource Center.

Theory & Practice

Empowerment Evaluation in Theory

David Fetterman of Stanford University and the California Institute of Integral Studies describes empowerment evaluation.

Theory & Practice

Empowerment Evaluation in Practice: First Nations Development Institute

Harvard Family Research Project presents an example of an organization using empowerment evaluation.

Questions & Answers

Interview With Kathy Martin

Kathy Martin, Chief Operating Officer for Caring Communities on Missouri, shares lessons learned on how to design and implement a result-based accountability system.

Promising Practices

The Impact of Family Preservation Services on Family Functioning

William Meezan and Jacquelyn McCroskey, professors at the University of Southern California School of Social Work, outline their recent work on a family preservation program evaluation.

Evaluations to Watch

Evaluating Seattle's Family Centers

Julia Coffman at Harvard Family Research Project describes the Seattle's Five-Tiered Approach to evaluating its family centers.

Evaluations to Watch

Connecticut's Family Resource Centers

Susan Frankel of RMC Research Corporation outlines the evaluation of Connecticut's school-based family resource model.

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