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From the Director's Desk

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

Theory & Practice

Co-Constructing Family Involvement

M. Elena Lopez, Holly Kreider, and Margaret Caspe from HFRP discuss the co-construction of home-school partnerships to support children’s learning and development.

Promising Practices

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.

Promising Practices

Improving Parental Involvement: Evaluating Treatment Effects in the Fast Track Program

Robert Nix, research associate at Pennsylvania State University, describes how a rigorous evaluation of a complex behavior problems preventive intervention analyzes its school-home component.

Promising Practices

Parental Involvement and Secondary School Student Educational Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis

William Jeynes, from California State University at Long Beach, describes a meta-analysis of 52 studies that confirm parental involvement is associated with higher student achievement in secondary school.

Promising Practices

Blending Evaluation Traditions: The Talent Development Model

 Veronica Thomas and Velma LaPoint describe the Talent Development approach to evaluating an urban family-school-community partnership program.

Promising Practices

A Catalog of Family Process Measures

Margaret Caspe from HFRP describes the various measures family intervention and prevention programs use to evaluate family processes.

Spotlight

Using Concept Mapping to Develop Family Support Program Theory

Scott Rosas, from the Nemours Foundation, discusses the potential of concept mapping for the design and implementation of family support evaluations.

Spotlight

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.

Questions & Answers

A Conversation With Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

Jeanne Brooks-Gunn reflects on the breakthrough findings and new directions for research, evaluation, and practice in family-focused interventions.

Beyond Basic Training

What Matters in Family Support Evaluation?

M. Elena Lopez of HFRP interprets themes from a participatory evaluation and parent engagement institute.

Evaluations to Watch

Learning From Parents Through Reflective Evaluation Practice

David Scheie, See Moua, and Pang Lee summarize lessons learned by listening to parents’ spontaneous stories during a parent survey interview.

Evaluations to Watch

Ongoing Evaluations of Programs in Parent Leadership and Family Involvement

Kelly Faughnan and Cassandra Wolos of HFRP present two listings of upcoming program evaluations, the first in parent leadership and organizing, the second in family involvement in education.

Evaluations to Watch

Promoting Quality Outcome Measurement: A Home-Visitation Case

Audrey Laszewski, project director of the Early Years Home Visitation Outcomes Project of Wisconsin, describes how a stakeholder collaboration resulted in a common outcome measurement process.

Ask the Expert

Perspectives on Family Involvement

Nancy Hill, Amy Baker, and Kevin Marjoribanks discuss the present state and future direction of family involvement research and evaluation, from the perspectives of developmental psychology, evaluation, and education, respectively.

New & Noteworthy

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

This issue of The Evaluation Exchange was published by Harvard Family Research Project, edited by M. Elena Lopez, senior consultant, and Holly Kreider, project manager. It was produced by Stacey Miller, publications/communications manager, and Tezeta Tulloch, publications editor. All rights reserved. This periodical may not be reproduced whole or in part without written permission from the publisher. To request reprint permission, email hfrp_pubs@gse.harvard.edu.

Harvard Family Research Project gratefully acknowledges the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Marguerite Casey Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the C. S. Mott Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The contents of this publication are solely the responsibility of Harvard Family Research Project and do not necessarily reflect the view of our funders.

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