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From the Director's Desk

An introduction to the issue on Methodology by HFRP's founder & director, Heather B. Weiss, Ed.D.

Theory & Practice

Advancing Mixed-Method Evaluation

Jennifer Greene, Associate Professor at Cornell University, discusses a framework for planning and implementing mixed-method evaluations.

Questions & Answers

Interview With Robert K. Yin

Robert Yin, author and President of an evaluation research firm, talks about the use of case study methodologies in evaluating community-based collaborative initiatives.

Promising Practices

Building the Capacity to Build Capacity

Juila Coffman of Harvard Family Research Project describes common qualities shared among “learning organizations,” examining them in the context of service programs.

Beyond Basic Training

Canadian Social Services Senior Managers Forum

Diane Schilder of Harvard Family Research Project reports on findings from the recent Social Services Senior Managers Forum, held in Alberta, Canada.

Evaluations to Watch

Asian Neighborhood Design: A Practice-Based Anti-Poverty Analysis

Maurice Lim Miller, Executive Director of Asian Neighborhood Design, discusses an evaluation instrument for self-sufficiency that he developed and is using in San Francisco.


Making the Transition to Automation: Observations From Six Community-Based Agencies

Susan Blank, Program Officer of the Foundation for Child Development, presents some of her observations from a recent study she conducted of MIS development and use in community-based agencies.

Special Feature

Achieving and Measuring Results: Lessons From HFRP's Parenting Study

Anne Brady and Julia Coffman of Harvard Family Research Project share results and lessons from HFRP's Parenting Study.

New & Noteworthy

An annotated list of organizations and initiatives related to the issue's theme of Methodology.

Electronic Mailbox

A list of useful resources on the Internet.

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