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Practical Evaluation for Collaborative Services
Goals, Processes, Tools, and Reporting Systems for School-Based Programs


August 2001 | 248 pages | Corwin

Foreword by Joy Dryfoos

"The title says it well. This practical work offers a guiding framework for evaluating a school-linked services' initiative, delineates specific steps, and includes a host of useful tools that have been field tested. Anyone planning such an evaluation will find this a major resource aid."
Howard Adelman, School Mental Health Project
Center for Mental Health in the Schools, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

"A very good resource for those in collaborative services who are new to evaluation. The authors break down the sometimes complex and intimidating process of evaluation into manageable action steps, and show how evaluation can be used to both improve accountability and foster organizational learning."
Karen Horsch, Research Associate
Harvard Family Research Project
Cambridge, MA

Specific evaluation instruments you can start using now!

Do collaborative services between schools and community service agencies really work? What are realistic goals, and how can they be achieved? The pressure to build and use reliable tools to assess collaborative services is growing, but there's no reason to 'start from scratch' when creating the processes and procedures you need. Here are time-tested instruments you need to evaluate the success of collaborative services, already developed and in use in large and small communities – and presented in a format that your school and district can immediately adapt and put into practice.

Subjects include:

  • Monitoring and gathering outcome data
  • Assessing student risk
  • Assessing program implementation and customer satisfaction
  • Assessing program results using qualitative and quantitative data

... as well as specific surveys for elementary, middle, and high schools, surveys for parents at different levels, examples of data collection formats, and much more. It's the comprehensive resource you need ... ready for you to use right now!


 
List of Tables
 
List of Figures and Displays
Joy Dryfoos
Foreword
 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
1. Introduction
 
2. Monitoring and Gathering Outcome Data for Collaborative Services Programs
 
3. Assessing Student Risk and Other Critical Customer Characteristics
 
4. Process Evaluation: Assessing Program Implementation and Customer Satisfaction
 
5. Outcomes Evaluation I: Evaluating Program Results Using Quantitative Data
 
6. Outcomes Evaluation II: Evaluating Program Results Using Qualitative Data
 
7. Local Utilization of Evaluation
 
8. Challenges and Keys to Sustainability in Assessment and Evaluation
 
9. Putting It All Together
 
Resource A: Elementary School Student Survey
 
Resource B: Middle School Student Survey
 
Resource C: High School Student Survey
 
Resource D: Survey for Parent of Elementary School Student
 
Resource E: Survey for Parent of Middle School Student
 
Resource F: Survey for Parent of High School Student
 
Resource G: Self-Review Format
 
Resource H: Examples of Data Collection Formats
 
Resource I: Summary of Development Logging in Iowa
 
References
 
Index

"The title says it well. This practical work offers a guiding framework for evaluating a school-linked services initiative, delineates specific steps, and includes a host of useful tools that have been field tested. Anyone planning such an evaluation will find this a major resource aid."

Howard Adelman
School Mental Health Project, Center for Mental Health in the Schools, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

"…a unique how-to document, providing detailed instructions for monitoring and assessing complex comprehensive programs. This book offers a rich context for generating ideas." 

Joy Dryfoos
Independent Researcher, Author, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

"Practical Evaluation for Collaborative Services is a superb resource for educators. With all the forms, models, surveys and examples, it will be priceless for teachers and administrators interested in improving schools and student performance." 

Dr. Robert Barr
Dean, College of Education, Boise State University

"Drawing on their many years of experience evaluating a school-based, collaborative services program, the authors break down the sometimes complex and intimidating process of evaluation into manageable action steps. Further, in going beyond tools and techniques, the authors show how evaluation can be used to both improve accountability and foster organizational learning. A very good resource for those in collaborative services who are now to evaluation." 

Karen Horscho
Research Associate, Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge MA

"An essential guidebook for any professional working with students at risk." 

William H. Parrett
Director, Center for School Improvement, Boise State University

"The first book to provide the tools for the comprehensive management by data of a school’s at-risk population. This much needed guide will provide a roadmap to appropriate intervention for any educator concerned with helping students at risk." 

William H. Parrett
Director, Center for School Improvement, Boise State University

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