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From the Director's Desk

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

Theory & Practice

Learning From Families

M. Elena Lopez, from Harvard Family Research Project, discusses expanding the role of family support to include supporting families’ using information to improve their communities.

Spotlight

Evaluating Effect Sizes in the Policy Arena

Kathleen McCartney and Eric Dearing from the Harvard Graduate School of Education provide an overview on effect size and what it reveals about the effectiveness of family support programs.

Ask the Expert

How Can We Strengthen Family Support Research and Evaluation?

Carl Dunst, Co-Director of the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute, urges getting beyond the question of “what works” toward a more detailed scrutiny of the relationship among family support principles, program practice, and family outcomes.

Promising Practices

Multi-Level Evaluation Design: California’s Proposition 10

Pablo Stansbery, Senior Research Associate at Harder+Company Community Research, describes the process of developing an evaluation design that addresses the unique challenges created by California’s Children and Families Act.

Promising Practices

Early Head Start Research-Program Partnerships

An in-depth look at the challenges presented by the evaluation of the Early Head Start program - an evaluation which required the cooperation of multiple layers of research and program partners.

Promising Practices

Connecting Good Research and Ideas with Policymaking

Three experts in conducting Family Impact Seminars share their techniques for bringing research about families to legislators in a way that not only grabs their attention, but also supports policy change.

Questions & Answers

A Conversation with Michael Quinn Patton

Director of an organizational development consulting practice, professor, and author, Michael Quinn Patton reveals historical and emerging trends in evaluation practice.

Evaluations to Watch

Boston Parent Organizing Network (BPON)

The Boston Parent Organizing Network (BPON) mobilizes parents, local organizations, and communities to improve the quality of education in the Boston Public Schools.

Evaluations to Watch

Family Support America: Supporting “Family Supportive” Evaluation

David Diehl of Family Support America outlines their top evaluation projects: compiling an online national database of family support programs and developing new ways to measure the effectiveness of family support programs.

Evaluations to Watch

Strengthening Programs and Summative Evaluations Through Formative Evaluations

Two evaluators from SRI describe the benefits realized by the Parent Institute for Quality Education when they prefaced their summative evaluation with a formative evaluation.

Beyond Basic Training

When Parents Assess Schools

M. Elena Lopez, from Harvard Family Research Project, discusses the role that data plays in helping parents assess, and then work to change, the performance of their children’s schools.

Beyond Basic Training

Participatory Action Research: Building Community Capacity Through Collaboration, Education, and Action

Priscilla Little, from Harvard Family Research Project, describes the implementation of the Milwaukee Participatory Action Research project and how it improved the evaluation and advocacy skills of all its participants.

Beyond Basic Training

Lessons From a Partnership Model Project

Kathe Johnson shares her experience from her work with the Women and Poverty Public Education Initiative, outlining four lessons she learned from this project, which connects professional academic and low-income women.

Beyond Basic Training

From Health Consumers to Health Consumer Researchers

A grassroots network of families of children with special health care needs shares the lessons they learned about conducting research to improve the health care for their children.

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

Harvard Family Research Project gratefully acknowledges the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the F. B. Heron Foundation, and the W. K. Kellogg 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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