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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.

All for Our Future

Luis Carlos Greer and Tamara Martinez, youth living in Arizona, describe how they got involved by working with a local community organization to make a change in their community.

Luis Carlos Greer , Tamara Martinez (Spring 2001) Evaluation Exchange Article

Alternative Designs for Community-Based Research: Pittsburgh’s Early Childhood Initiative

Stephen Bagnato, Robert Grom, and Leon Haynes describe an evaluation design that provides scientific rigor in a community setting.

Stephen Bagnato, Ed.D. , Robert Grom, Leon Haynes (Fall 2003) Evaluation Exchange Article

American Youth Policy Forum

In this presentation, Engaging Adolescents in Out-of-School Time Programs: Learning What Works, Priscilla Little reported on the benefits of participation in out-of-school time activities, contextual predictors of youth participation in such activities, and strategies for improving recruitment and retention in out-of-school time programs. Remarks were presented at a session on engaging adolescents in out-of-school time programs at the American Youth Policy Forum in Washington, D.C., on October 7, 2005.

Heather B. Weiss , Sherri Lauver, Stephanie Davolos Harden (October 7, 2005) Conferences and Presentations

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An Aligned Family Involvement System in Kansas

Jane Groff from the Kansas Parent Information Resource Center talks about how the endorsement of statewide family involvement standards by the Kansas State Board of Education has resulted in the development of a common vision for family involvement across state education systems and agencies.

Jane Groff (May 2009) Research Report

An Emerging Assessment of College Preparation, Media, and Arts Programs

Karen Walking Eagle, Sebastian Castrechini, and Monica Mielke from Policy Studies Associates preview a new assessment of programs that connect youth with multiple out-of-school supports to promote future success.

Karen Walking Eagle , Sebastian Castrechini, Monica Mielke (Fall 2006) Evaluation Exchange Article

An Emerging Framework for Assessing Nonprofit Networks

Based on their new handbook Net Gains, Madeleine Taylor and Peter Pastrik offer guidelines on how to evaluate nonprofit networks that are used to achieve social change goals.

Madeleine Taylor , Peter Pastrik (Spring 2007) Evaluation Exchange Article

An Impact Evaluation of Academic Instruction for After School Programs

Alison Black and Fred Doolittle from MDRC describe the evaluation of an enhanced academic instruction approach for after school programs.

Alison Black , Fred Doolittle (Fall 2006) Evaluation Exchange Article

An Introduction to Theory of Change

Andrea Anderson is a research associate at the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change, where she focuses on work related to planning and evaluating community initiatives.

Erin Harris (Summer 2005) Evaluation Exchange Article

An Update on University-Based Evaluation Training

Molly Engle and James Altschuld reveal some recent trends in university-based evaluation training.

Molly Engle, Ph.D. , James W. Altschuld, Ph.D. (Winter 2003/2004) Evaluation Exchange Article

Applying a Broader Concept of Scale to Evaluate a Funding Strategy

Erin Harris and Priscilla Little discuss how Harvard Family Research Project used a multidimensional concept of scale to evaluate The Atlantic Philanthropies’ Integrated Learning Cluster strategy.

Erin Harris , Priscilla Little (Spring 2010) Evaluation Exchange Article

Approaches to Parental Involvement for Improving the Academic Performance of Elementary School Children in Grades K-6

This report summarizes the most dependable evidence on the effect of parental involvement intervention programs for improving the academic performance of elementary school-age children. The authors show that parent involvement has a positive and significant effect on children's overall academic performance.

Chad Nye , Herb Turner, Jamie Schwartz (November 2006) Research Report

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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.

Maurice Lim Miller (1997) Evaluation Exchange Article

Ask the Expert

Karen Walker, director of community studies at Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), reveals what evaluation approaches can be used to understand the connection between academic outcomes and program activities.

Harvard Family Research Project (Fall 2000) Evaluation Exchange Article

Ask the Expert

HFRP asked two experts, Karen Lake, Director of Communications for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Grant Oliphant, Director of Planning and Communications for the Heinz Endowments, to address the role of strategic communications in philanthropy today.

Harvard Family Research Project (Winter 2001) Evaluation Exchange Article

Assessing Nonprofit Organizational Capacity

Abby Weiss from HFRP describes the tool that the Marguerite Casey Foundation offers its nonprofit grantees to help them assess their organizational capacity.

Abby Weiss (Summer 2005) Evaluation Exchange Article

Assessing the Effects of Parent Involvement Interventions on Elementary School Student Achievement

Herbert Turner, Chad Nye, and Jamie Schwartz explain the Campbell Collaboration’s application of its systematic review process to parent involvement interventions.

Herbert Turner , Chad Nye, Jamie Schwartz (Winter 2004/2005) Evaluation Exchange Article

Assessing the How of Outcomes in Out-of-School Time: Learning From MARS

John Zuman and Beth Miller present an overview of the Massachusetts Afterschool Research Study, a statewide investigation into how after school programs constitute quality contexts for youth.

John Zuman, Ph.D. , Beth M. Miller, Ph.D. (Spring 2004) Evaluation Exchange Article

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.

James Edwin Kee (1999) Evaluation Exchange Article

Attracting and Sustaining Youth Participation in After School Programs

Sherri Lauver from HFRP proposes a set of strategies for recruiting and retaining youth participation in out-of-school time programs.

Sherri Lauver (Spring 2004) Evaluation Exchange Article

Avoiding Unwarranted Death by Evaluation

Lois-ellin Datta of Datta Analysis points to the importance of studying control and comparison group experiences when conducting experimental studies.

Lois-ellin Datta (Summer 2003) Evaluation Exchange Article

Balancing Priorities in the Evaluation of Educational Technology

Education reform policies place new emphasis on educational technology. Katherine McMillan Culp and Margaret Honey from the Center for Children and Technology have learned the importance of research rigor and local validity in their evaluations of educational technology.

Katherine McMillan Culp , Margaret Honey (Summer 2003) Evaluation Exchange Article

Basic Applications of Multilevel Modeling

Eric Dearing, from the University of Wyoming, explains some of the basic uses of multilevel modeling, using examples from family involvement research and evaluation.

Eric Dearing, Ph.D. (Winter 2004/2005) Evaluation Exchange Article

Beyond Basic Training

Harvard Family Research Project provides information on initiatives in Texas, California, and Massachusetts.

Harvard Family Research Project (Spring 2001) Evaluation Exchange Article

Beyond Basic Training

Betty Cooke of the Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning describes Minnesota’s experiences using program staff as data collectors. Stan Schneider and Berle Mirand Driscoll from Metis Associates writes about using students as ethnographers in a study of a family resource center. Cheryl Fish-Parcham of Families USA and Theresa Shivers of United Planning Organization/Head Start write about using client families in a study of managed health care.

Betty Cooke , Stanley J. Schneider, Berle Mirand Driscoll, Cheryl Fish-Parcham, Theresa Shivers (1998) Evaluation Exchange Article

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