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From the Director's Desk

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

Theory & Practice

Simplifying Complex Initiative Evaluation

Julia Coffman of Harvard Family Research Project writes about using a logic model approach to evaluate a large and diverse foundation initiative.

Promising Practices

At What Price? Benefit-Cost Analysis and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Program Evaluation

James Edwin Kee, professor at George Washington University, discusses the purposes, strengths, and limitations of benefit-cost and cost-effectiveness analyses to determine the relative costs and benefits of the programs.

Promising Practices

Evaluating Collaboratives: Challenges and Practice

Ellen Taylor-Powell from the University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension examines the challenges of collaboratives, and how they stretch us to think about evaluation in new ways.

Questions & Answers

Interview With Michael Scriven

Michael Scriven, past president of the American Evaluation Association, shares some of his insights about the challenges facing evaluation, evaluation as a distinct discipline, and links between evaluation and practice, including organizational learning.

Evaluations to Watch

Evaluating the National Replication of a Prevention Program for Youth and Their Families: Middle School Families and Schools Together

Laura Pinsoneault and James Sass from Alliance for Children and Families on their organization's replication and evaluation of the middle school adaptation of the Families and Schools Together (FAST) program.

Evaluations to Watch

Cooperative Extension’s Capacity to Support Programs For Children,Youth, and Families At Risk: The Organizational Change Survey

Donna Peterson, Mary Marczak, Sherry Betts, and Erik Earthman, The University of Arizona Institute for Children, Youth and Families, write about their evaluation of the Children, Youth and Families At Risk (CYFAR) National Initiative.

Beyond Basic Training

Community-Based Research: Research for Action

Jill Chopyak, Executive Director of the Loka Institute, details her organization's work on community action research.

Special Feature

The Evaluation Exchange Readers' Survey

JuNelle Harris of Harvard Family Research Project reveals the results of the recent satisfaction survey of The Evaluation Exchange readers.


Quality of Life: A Framework for Examining the Impact of Welfare Reform

Danielle Hollar of Harvard Family Research Project writes about the possibility of using an approach that provides a more comprehensive picture of the quality of people’s lives to examine the impact of welfare reform on individuals.

New and Noteworthy

The New and Noteworthy section features an annotated list of papers, organizations, initiatives, and other resources related to the issue's theme of Methodology.

Electronic Mailbox

The Electronic Mailbox section features a list of useful resources on the Internet relating to the issue's theme of Methodology.

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