What is the Evaluation Toolkit?
The FRIENDS Evaluation Toolkit is a resource for developing an individualized outcome evaluation plan from the ground up. It is an on-line compendium of information and resources.
The Toolkit is not intended to take the place of hands-on training or technical assistance; rather it is intended to serve as an entry-level guide for programs to help build evaluation capacity.
Clicking through the links on this site will answer many questions and guide you through many different aspects of evaluation.
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The toolkit is divided into four linked components. They are:
|Building Your Evaluation Plan
||Logic Model Builder
||Outcomes and Indicators
||Annotated Measurement Tools
|This component of the toolkit was developed to provide CBCAP programs with a general understanding of outcome evaluation. It includes sections on why evaluate, beginning your evaluation, the components of a logic model, and data analysis. To examine Building Your Evaluation Plan, click here.
||This component of the toolkit was developed in collaboration with the Child Welfare Information Gateway. It guides users through the process of building a logic model. The logic model may be exported to a Word document for editing. Click here to go directly to the Logic Model Builder.
||FRIENDS created a menu of common outcomes and indicators targeted by prevention programs. View the menus by clicking here. You can also view them as a component of the Logic Model Builder. The Logic Model Builder will enable you to search outcomes and indicators by key words and domains.
||In collaboration with our partners, FRIENDS created annotations of over 60 commonly used tools for evaluating prevention-related outcomes. View the annotations by clicking here. These tools are linked to outcomes in the Logic Model Builder. *
If you would like to recommend an evaluation tool for inclusion in this compendium, please send your recommendation to
Other Tools and Resources for Evaluation Assistance
||FRIENDS Outcome Accountability Guide
If you are the type of person who wants a comprehensive desktop guide to refer to as you develop your outcome accountability and evaluation processes, you may want to order the two-volume FRIENDS Outcome Accountability Guide which includes everything a family support program needs to start identifying, measuring, and reporting the outcomes of their services.
||The Protective Factors Survey
Two evaluation tools for measuring participant outcomes are available on this site. One is The Protective Factors Survey, a valid and reliable tool for measuring change in protective factors. It is free and available for downloading on this site. The Survey comes with a downloadable instruction guide and database. The S-PFS, a valid and reliable Spanish adaptation of the Protective Factors Survey is also available for downloading.
||Family Support Program Outcome Survey
The Family Support Program Outcome Survey is a tool for measuring the broad outcomes that are shared across many CBCAP programs. Also free of charge, this Survey comes with a downloadable instruction guide and database.