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From the Director's Desk

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

Theory & Practice

Results-Based Accountability Systems: Opportunities and Challenges

Karen Horsch of Harvard Family Research Project provides an overview of accountability systems, including their opportunities and challenges.

Theory & Practice

Results-Based Accountability Systems in Practice: Oregon and Minnesota

Harvard Family Research Project presents brief descriptions of Minnesota and Oregon's results-based accountability systems.

Beyond Basic Training

Professional Development Opportunities & Resources

The Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health (RTC), in partnership with the Judge Baker Technical Assistance Center, will be offering technical assistance on outcomes, system accountability, and the self-evaluation method.

Promising Practices

Indicators of Child and Family Well-Being

Kristen Moore and Brett Brown of Child Trends outline the field of child indicators in the 1990s.

Promising Practices

Challenges to Data Capacity for Outcome-Based Accountability

Nancy Dunton of the New York State Department of Social Services discusses the challenges to data capacity for outcome-based accountability.

Questions & Answers

Education Outcome-Based Accountability Systems: Challenges and Lessons

Susan Fuhrman, Dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, answers three questions on the challenges—political, technical, and financial—states face in developing accountability systems.

Evaluations to Watch

Building Theories of Change in Family Support Programs

Jean Layzer, Project Director of Abt Associates, examines theories of change in family support programs.

New & Noteworthy

A list of new resources on results-based accountability.

Electronic Mailbox

A list of useful resources on the Internet.

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