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Learning From Logic Models: An Example of a Family/School Partnership Program

This brief offers a step-by-step approach for developing and using a logic model as a framework for a program or organization’s evaluation. Its purpose is to provide a tool to guide evaluation processes and to facilitate practitioner and evaluator partnerships. The brief is written primarily for program practitioners, but is also relevant and easily applied for evaluators.

Julia Coffman (January 1999) Tool for Evaluation

Free. Available online only.

Bibliography of Family Involvement Research Published in 1999

Harvard Family Research Project (1999) Bibliography

Aiming for Accountability: North Carolina

Efforts include the state's performance/program budgeting system, the Department of Health and Human Services, and Smart Start.

Karen Horsch , Priscilla M. D. Little, and Diane Schilder (1998) Research Report

$5.00 . 42 Pages.

Parent-Provider Partnerships

This paper discusses ways of working with children and families from diverse backgrounds and highlights some of the challenging issues raised by working with families having differing values, cultural norms, and experiences.

M. Parker Anderson (1998) Research Report

Aiming for Accountability: Minnesota

Efforts include Minnesota Milestones, Children's Services Report Card, Performance Reporting, and Family Services and Children's Mental Health Collaboratives.

Karen Horsch , Priscilla M. D. Little, and Diane Schilder (1998) Research Report

$5.00 . 50 Pages.

Eight Themes in Comprehensive Community Development: An Annotated Bibliography

This review of current literature on community development is a resource for people hoping to gain insight into the common ground and potential for collaboration that exist between family support and community development initiatives. A brief introduction to the bibliography explains what the eight themes are, why they are important, and what special challenges are raised for community development practitioners.

Louisa Lund (1998) Research Report

$7.00 . 28 Pages.

Transforming Training

This paper defines the characteristics of family support in the child care context, highlights research showing the need for provider training to raise program quality, and discusses five vital topics for training child care providers in family support. The author argues for the need to develop one cohesive training system for providers.

Gwen Morgan (1998) Research Report

$7.00 . 33 Pages.

Learning From Starting Points

This report analyzes experiences of grantees involved in Carnegie Corporation's Starting Points grant program to encourage states and cities to engage in practices to improve children's well-being. This work examines these grantees' experiences implementing key components of a learning system and presents the overall lessons for other localities intent on using information to improve outcomes.

Marielle Bohan-Baker , Diane Schilder, Fran O'Reilly, Jennifer Smith, Heather Weiss (1998) Research Report

$10.00 . 47 Pages.

Learning Organizations

This issue of The Evaluation Exchange, Harvard Family Research Project's quarterly evaluation periodical, investigates what it takes for organizations that serve children and families to become learning organizations. It addresses the questions: What constraints do these organizations face? How do they do it? Who needs to be involved?

Evaluation Exchange Issue

Aiming for Accountability: Iowa

Efforts include the Council on Human Investment, Innovation Zones, and the Department of Management's strategic plan.

Karen Horsch , Priscilla M. D. Little, and Diane Schilder (1998) Research Report

$5.00 . 41 Pages.

Family Resource Centers: Where School Readiness Happens

Family resource centers are places where you can get information on raising and educating your child. This issue of the Early Childhood Digest describes family resource centers and how they can help you get your child ready for school.

Priscilla M. D. Little (October 1998) Research Report

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The Parent Services Project

The Parent Services Project (PSP), a nationally recognized child care training program, is based on the belief that caring for children requires caring for families, and that family support strengthens both parents and the community. This paper outlines the history of PSP and summarizes its main teaching points and training methodology.

Lisa Lee , Ethel Seiderman (1998) Research Report

Hard copy out of stock.

Evaluation Options for Family Resource Centers

This report examines different evaluation designs and their respective strengths and limitations. Using a realistic prototype of a child and family resource center, the authors present three alternative plans for evaluation.

Karen Horsch , Heather B. Weiss (1998) Research Report

$10.00 . 112 Pages.

Aiming for Accountability: Georgia

Efforts include the Policy Council for Children and Families, Family Connection and Community Partnerships, and performance measures mandated by the Budget Accountability and Planning Act of 1993.

Karen Horsch , Priscilla M. D. Little, and Diane Schilder (1998) Research Report

$5.00 . 48 Pages.

Aiming for Accountability: Florida

Efforts include GAP benchmarks; performance-based program budgeting, and the Florida Department of Children and Families accountability system for planning, budgeting, and evaluation.

Karen Horsch , Priscilla M. D. Little, and Diane Schilder (1998) Research Report

$5.00 . 48 Pages.

Evaluating School-Linked Services: Considerations and Best Practices

Nine evaluators of school-linked services programs identify considerations and best practices related to evaluating outcomes, sustainability, and collaboration to help determine how school-linked services programs work, what their impact is, and whether they should be expanded.

Karen Horsch (1998) Research Report

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A Mixed Method Approach to Understanding Family-School Communication

This paper presents the initial findings from an ethnographic case study, focusing on the mixed-method research strategy used in the MacArthur Comprehensive Child Development Project Follow-up Study. The aim of the study was to expand the understanding of children's developmental trajectories as they traverse the elementary school years. This paper presents three case study vignettes of children in the second grade, each highlighting a different aspect of family-school communication from the perspective of the children's parents, and highlights the methodological strengths of ethnography. The third vignette uncovered the complexity and contradictions and race, racism, and informal communication between home and child for one African-American child. (Available in ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED422111)

Heather Weiss , J. Dirks, K. Friedman, G. Hanley, H. Kreider, E. Levine, E. Mayer, C. McAllister, P. Vaughan, J. Wellenkamp (July 1998) Research Report

Resource Guide for Family-Centered Child Care

This guide offers ideas and resources for implementing family support principles in child care, and an annotated bibliography of up-to-date publications and training materials that child care providers can use to improve their efforts to support families.

Saren Eyre (June 1998) Research Report

$4.50 . 27 Pages.

Family Involvement in Early Childhood Programs: How to Choose the Right Program for Your Child

What is family involvement and how can families choose early childhood programs that encourage it? This issue of Early Childhood Digest looks at these questions, and provides information on how to choose an early childhood program that encourages family involvement.

Priscilla M. D. Little (May 1998) Research Report

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Evaluation in the 21st Century

This issue of The Evaluation Exchange, Harvard Family Research Project's quarterly evaluation periodical, investigates new themes for evaluation in the 21st century. It focuses on new voices, new methods, and new relationships. It compiles a variety of perspectives and provocative and thoughtful ideas about where evaluation is heading.

Evaluation Exchange Issue

Credentialing Caregivers

This paper describes why family support is essential, given current social and economic trends, and stresses the need to bridge child care and family support. The author underscores the need for accessible family support training curricula that can be adapted to audiences of child care providers.

Christiana Dean (1998) Research Report

$7.00 . 25 Pages.

Families and Teachers as Partners

This digest provides suggestions on how families and teachers can work together in schools to provide enriching experiences for children.

Holly Kreider (March 1998) Research Report

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Aiming for Accountability: Vermont

Efforts include the State Team for Children and Families, Success by Six, and the Department of Education.

Karen Horsch , Priscilla M. D. Little, and Diane Schilder (1998) Research Report

$5.00 . 40 Pages.

Home/School/Community Partnerships

Class sessions address system-level issues in working with children and their families. Attention is given to strategies and tactics used by school districts, community groups, and private sector organizations to support academic, health, and social goals for children and their families.

Stewart Ehly (Spring 1998) Syllabus

Free. Available online only.

Performance Measurement

This issue of The Evaluation Exchange, Harvard Family Research Project's quarterly evaluation periodical, investigates performance measurement. It presents articles on results-based accountability (RBA) that are both retrospective, looking at what we have learned about accountability over the years, as well as prospective, looking to the future of RBA.

Evaluation Exchange Issue

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