• June 2006
  • Vol. 7, No. 5

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Program Evaluation in Neglect Projects

Ten programs from across the country funded by the Children’s Bureau to address the needs of neglected children and their families reported on their best practices, challenges, and lessons learned in conducting their program evaluation. Their results are synthesized in a report from Child Welfare Information Gateway.

While the programs differed in many aspects, they faced common challenges in their program evaluations, including identifying appropriate instruments, establishing comparison groups, collecting data, and analyzing service impact. Some of the strategies that helped them conduct useful evaluations included using detailed plans, allowing enough time and money, addressing staff turnover, and taking advantage of technical assistance.

Program Evaluation: A Synthesis of Lessons Learned by Child Neglect Demonstration Projects is available on the Information Gateway website:

www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/focus/evaldemo/index.cfm

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