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A Strategic Evaluation Approach for the Parental Information and Resource Centers

Helen Westmoreland and Suzanne Bouffard describe the evolving evaluation strategy for the national Parental Information and Resource Centers program, the program’s potential to build the family involvement field, and the role of the National PIRC Coordination Center.

Helen Westmoreland , Suzanne Bouffard, Ph.D. (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

The Best Dissertation I Never Wrote

HFRP asked leading family involvement researchers about the most important research questions facing the field today and in the future. The highlights below represent just a cross-section of their responses to the following question: Based on your experience and the state of the family involvement field today, what are the most critical questions or topics for future research?

Suzanne Bouffard, Ph.D. (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

The Indiana State PIRC’s Collaborative Evaluation Process

Jerrell Cassady and Jackie Garvey illustrate how an ongoing, collaborative process between director and evaluator has informed and im-proved the Indiana State PIRC’s programs to support family involvement.

Jerrell C. Cassady, Ph.D. , Jackie Garvey (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

Seven Takeaways About the Future of Family Involvement

HFRP summarizes key observations raised in this issue of The Evaluation Exchange. Based on findings from research and evaluation, these themes highlight what the field needs to know and do to move family involvement forward in policy and practice.

(Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

Building Family Involvement Through a Targeted District Approach

Marianne Kirner and Matt Storeygard explain how the Connecticut State PIRC is implementing and evaluating an effort to promote family involvement at the school district level.

Marianne Kirner, Ph.D. , Matt Storeygard (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

Reaching More Parents Through a Complementary Learning Approach

Lisa St. Clair and Barbara Jackson describe how the Nebraska State PIRC connects with 21st Century Community Learning Centers to foster family involvement.

Lisa St. Clair, Ed.D. , Barbara Jackson, Ph.D. (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

Empowering Parents to Improve Education: Evidence from Rural Mexico

Paul Gertler, Harry Patrinos, and Marta Rubio-Codina summarize a study on the outcomes associated with a school-based management intervention in Mexico.

Paul J. Gertler , Harry Anthony Patrinos, Marta Rubio-Codina (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

Building the Field

HFRP talks with five leaders in the family involvement arena about the current state of the field and promising areas for its future.

Margaret Caspe, Ph.D. (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

A Conversation With Rudy Crew

Rudy Crew, Superintendent of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, talks about his book, Only Connect, and his efforts to close the achievement gap in Miami-Dade County.

Suzanne Bouffard, Ph.D. (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

Parents as Educational Leaders

Bruce Wilson and Dick Corbett describe an evaluation of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership.

Bruce Wilson , Dick Corbett (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

Supporting Family Engagement Through District-Level Partnerships

Mavis Sanders from Johns Hopkins University looks at how school districts can promote family–school partnerships by collaborating with community based organizations.

Mavis G. Sanders, Ph.D. (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

Upcoming Evaluations

HFRP takes a look at upcoming family involvement and complementary learning evaluations.

Steven LaFrance , Gaylon Parsons, Jenny Ocon, M.S.W., Carol Welsh Gray, Karen A. Guskin, Ph.D., Mark Warren, Ph.D. (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

Local School Councils and Parent Involvement in Chicago

Melissa Marschall’s study on Latino parents’ participation in school governance underscores this issue’s theme of the importance of coconstructing family involvement.

Melissa Marschall, Ph.D. (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

Developing a Parent-Derived Measure of Latino Family Involvement

Christine McWayne and Gigliana Melzi from New York University’s Department of Applied Psychology discuss their investigation of Latino family involvement in early childhood education.

Christine McWayne, Ph.D. , Gigliana Melzi, Ph.D. (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

Whole Children, Whole Families, Whole Communities

Jonathan Zaff and Danielle Butler from America’s Promise Alliance look at how winners of the 100 Best Communities for Young People employ family involvement strategies.

Jonathan F. Zaff, Ph.D. , Danielle Butler (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

Measuring the Implementation and Impact of the Kentucky Family Resource Centers

John Kalafat from Rutgers University describes how he and his colleagues used Innovative Configuration Analysis to evaluate a statewide family resource initiative’s implementation and impact.

John Kalafat, Ph.D. (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

Overcoming Practical Obstacles to Meaningful Program Evaluation: The Booklet Approach

Steven Harvey and Gregory Wood describe how they created a methodology to capture data across a series of parenting workshops.

Steven J. Harvey, Ph.D. , Gregory R. Wood, Ph.D. (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

From the Director's Desk

An introduction to the issue on Building the Future of Family Involvement by HFRP's Founder & Director, Heather B. Weiss, Ed.D.

Heather B. Weiss, Ed.D. (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

Cost-Effectiveness and Cost–Benefit Analyses of Family Involvement Initiatives

Brian Yates from American University explains the value of both cost-effectiveness and cost–benefit analyses in promoting investments in family involvement.

Brian T. Yates, Ph.D. (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

A Collaborative Approach to Parent Outreach

Amy Aparicio Clark and Amanda Dorris describe how the PALMS Project supports educators’ efforts to engage Latino parents in college preparation and enrollment.

Amy Aparicio Clark, M.Ed. , Amanda Dorris, M.Ed. (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

Building the Future of Family Involvement

This double issue of The Evaluation Exchange examines the current state of and future directions for the family involvement field in research, policy, and practice. Featuring innovative initiatives, new evaluation approaches and findings, and interviews with field leaders, the issue is designed to spark conversation about where the field is today and where it needs to go in the future.

Evaluation Exchange Issue

After School Programs as an Oasis of Hope for Black Parents

Gerard Robinson discusses how and why low-income and working-class Black parents are involved in enrolling their children in after school programs.

Gerard Robinson (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

A City-Wide Effort to Support and Involve Families

Brenda Miller and Ginger Peacock Preston from the Jacksonville Children’s Commission describe how the city of Jacksonville, Florida, is integrating family involvement into a system of care for children and families.

Brenda Miller , Ginger Peacock Preston (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

Strengthening Family Ties

Sharon Hemphill and Holly Kreider describe how the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is implementing and evaluating an initiative that goes “beyond the walls” to support families in order to promote children’s success.

Sharon Hemphill , Holly Kreider, Ed.D. (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

Promoting Parent–School Relationships During the Transition to Kindergarten

Amy Schulting from Duke University explores the role of teacher outreach to families during the transition to kindergarten.

Amy B. Schulting, M.Ed., M.A. (Spring 2008) Evaluation Exchange Article

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