Chapter 25: Principles for Improving Family Programs: An Evidence-Informed Approach

by Stephen A. Small and Mary Huser

Improving Family Programs Using Evidence-based Principles

In this webinar, you’ll learn from Stephen Small, Ph.D., about a formative evaluation process called Evidence-Informed Program Improvement that can be used with youth and family-focused programs.

Length: 90 minutes. Approved for 1.5 CFLE contact hours of continuing education credit.

Evaluation Toolbox

The Evaluation Toolbox provides a one-stop site for the evaluation of community projects. It brings together a number of best practice evaluation methods packaged into a comprehensive, user-friendly, how-to format. The information contained in this resource covers evaluation planning, tools, and techniques; templates and ideas for presenting evaluation results; and case studies.

University of Wisconsin-Extension Program Development and Evaluation Publications

This site contains practical, easy-to-use guides designed to help educators better plan and implement credible and useful evaluations. Topics include program evaluation planning, logic models, sampling, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, and using graphics to report evaluation results.

What Works Wisconsin

The What Works website contains assessment tools, literature reviews, and research briefs on effective program design, improvement, and evaluation related to programs and policies for children, youth, and families. It also includes lists of program registries for evidence-based programs that address a wide range of child, youth and family issues:

  • Culturally Appropriate Programming
  • Best Practices for Parent Education and Support Programs
  • Evidence-Informed Program Improvement Manual
  • Key Ingredients of Effective Youth and Family Programs Rating Form

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