Improving Family Programs Using Evidence-Based Principles

This webinar is available for free to NCFR members and to Certified Family Life Educators (CFLEs). Log in, or become an NCFR member or a CFLE, to access it.
May 28, 2015
Free for NCFR members & CFLEs / $89 for nonmembers

Stephen Small

Everyone wants their program to be successful and to demonstrate significant impact. These are commendable expectations, but often unrealistic for most emerging programs. Programs need time to improve and mature if they are to reach their potential.

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. This approach draws on the principles of successful, evidence-based programs, and the process can provide program practitioners and evaluators with a method to improve the quality and impact of new and existing family programs.

Approved for 1.5 CFLE contact hours of continuing education credit.


Participants will:

  • develop an understanding of the principles underlying effective youth and family programs.
  • acquire a set of tools that can be used to assess and improve existing prevention and promotion programs.

About the Presenter

Stephen Small, Ph.D., is a professor of human development and family studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds appointments in educational psychology and nursing, and as a human development specialist with the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension.

His work, which spans research and practical application, has been primarily focused on adolescent and adult development, parenting, program design and evaluation, prevention science, and effective professional practice. For nearly 30 years he has worked with communities across Wisconsin and the U.S. to help them understand and address the concerns, aspirations, and positive and problematic behaviors of young people and their families, addressing adolescent risk-taking, juvenile delinquency, positive youth development, child maltreatment, and building organizational and community capacity. He and his research team most recently have been examining the role of wisdom in guiding personal and professional practice.

On-Demand Webinar Recording and Classroom Use

Even if you can't watch this webinar live, your registration will still grant you access to watch the recording at your convenience. This webinar is now free for NCFR members and Certified Family Life Educators (CFLEs), and $89 for nonmembers.

License for classroom use by one professor is available for $129 for NCFR members, $199 for nonmembers.

License for departmental use (multiple professors) is available for $179 NCFR member / $319 nonmember.

Departmental license for CFLE-approved programs is $149.

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