What is the Evaluation Toolkit?
For the past several years, the FRIENDS National Resource Center for CBCAP has developed resources to assist family support and child abuse prevention programs conduct meaningful evaluations of their services. This toolkit is the most recent addition to the array of evaluation products available through FRIENDS.
The Evaluation Toolkit was developed to help program managers, administrators and interested others develop and implement evaluation processes that will be useful in day-to-day practice, and to help provide evidence that their programs make meaningful differences to children and families. The Toolkit is meant to be a resource for developing an individualized evaluation plan from the ground up. In addition, with the Federal Government’s greater emphasis on demonstrating the effectiveness and efficiency for all programs, including child abuse prevention, the toolkit is an important resource to help States and local programs meet increased demands for accountability. (For more information on the PART process for CBCAP accountability, click here.) The Toolkit is not intended to take the place of hands-on training or technical assistance; rather it is intended to serve as a guide for practicing programs.
What are the key components of the Evaluation Toolkit?
The toolkit is divided into four linked components. They are:
- Building Your Evaluation Plan
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.
- Logic Model Builder
This component of the tool-kit was developed in collaboration with the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information. It guides users as they create their own logic model. Users select outcomes and indicators from the menu, which are exported to a template for their own logic model. The user can modify the outcomes and indicators to more accurately reflect the user’s intent and format. Click here to go directly to the Logic Model Builder.
- Outcomes and Indicators
We have created a menu of common outcomes and indicators that are targeted by prevention programs. You can view the menus by clicking here. You can also view them as a component of the Logic Model Builder outlined above (2). If you choose to build a logic model using this system, you will be able to search the outcomes and indicators by key-words and domains.
- Annotated Measurement Tools
FRIENDS, in collaboration with our partners, has created annotations of many commonly-used tools used to measure outcomes in prevention programs. You can view the annotations by clicking here. They are also in the Logic Model Builder described above (2). If you choose to build a logic model using this system, the annotations are linked to the outcomes menu. After selecting a given outcome, one would click on a link to annotations for measurement tools related to that outcome. This enables the user to screen measurement tools prior to making a decision to investigate the tool further.