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From the Director's Desk

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

Theory & Practice

Useful Learning for Public Action

Heather Weiss of Harvard Family Research Project and William Morrill of Mathtech discuss implementing knowledge development investments to solve the country's basic problems.

Promising Practices

Making the Case for Children

William Novelli, President of the National Center for Tabacco-Free Kids, writes about implementing an information campaign to inform citizens and policymakers about children's health.

Promising Practices

Civic Participation and the Citizens Research Method

Serene Fang of Harvard Family Research Project explains the Citizen Research method to better inform and engage citizens in understanding and influencing policymaking.

Questions & Answers

Interview With Patricia McGinnis

Patricia McGinnis, President and CEO of the Council for Excellence in Government, discusses the potential of and constraints to public sector organizational learning in the current climate of accountability.

Beyond Basic Training

Building State and Local Evaluation Capacity: The U.S. Department of Justice's Evaluation Strategy

Robert Kirchner, Senior Advisor for Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Justice, writes about how the Department of Justice has worked to strengthen evaluation capacity at the state and local levels.

Evaluations to Watch

Studying Learning Initiatives: The Experience of the Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities National Learning Initiative

Andy Mott of Center for Community Change and Vicki Creed of Learning Partners discuss an approach they used to evaluate learning through the National Learning Initiative of the Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities Project.

Spotlight

State Policy Documentation Project: Data Collection and Dissemination

Lisa Plimpton of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) reports on the work that CLASP is doing to document state policies on welfare reform.

Spotlight

Lessons Learned

Michael Quinn Patton of the Union Institute and Ricardo Millett of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation look at criteria that distinguish casual/informal notions of lessons learned from “high quality” lessons learned.

New & Noteworthy

An annotated list of organizations and initiatives related to evaluations in learning organizations.

Electronic Mailbox

A list of useful resources on the Internet.

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