Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

Evaluation and Accountability

The “Most Significant Change” (MSC) Technique: A Guide to Its Use

This guide describes the Most Significant Change technique for monitoring and evaluating social change initiatives. This technique is a form of participatory monitoring and evaluation that involves the collection of significant change stories at the field level, and the systematic selection of the most significant of these stories by panels of stakeholders and staff. This guide was designed to provide organizations, community groups, students, and academics from diverse sectors with an overview of the Most Significant Change process and guidance for implementation.

Getting to Outcomes™2004: Promoting Accountability Through Methods and Tools For Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

This manual focuses on the Getting to Outcomes™ process, a 10-step process that empowers prevention practitioners to plan, implement, and evaluate their programs. It provides guidance on this process for agencies, schools, and community coalitions implementing substance-abuse programs. Although the subject matter is substance abuse, the guidance on planning, implementing, and evaluating is relevant to other social programs.

State Indicators for Early Childhood

This brief focuses on indicators for monitoring program performance and child outcomes related to early childhood systems. It was designed to support States participating in the State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems initiative. The authors review characteristics of good indicators and propose 36 indicators based on a review of the literature, an analysis of key national indicator sets, and a comparative review of indicators set out in State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems reports and plans.

Getting to Outcomes™: 10 Steps for Achieving Results-Based Accountability

This document is a summary of the Getting to Outcomes™: Promoting Accountability Through Methods and Tools For Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation manual. It provides a step-by-step overview of the 10-step process, from choosing a problem or problems to focus on to considering how to keep a successful program going. The steps are designed support the planning, implementation, and evaluation of effective programs.

Improving Child Welfare Outcomes through Systems of Care: Overview of the National Cross-Site Evaluation

This report shares the findings of a five-year cross-site evaluation of the implementation of the Improving Child Welfare Outcomes through Systems of Care demonstration initiative. This initiative focused on infrastructure development to strengthen human service agencies’ capacity to support families involved in public child welfare. The report provides findings and lessons learned on infrastructure development and capacity-building processes, systems and organizational change, and child welfare outcomes.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide

This guide provides an overview of the development and application of program logic models. It was developed to provide nonprofits and community members with an orientation to the underlying principles and language of the program logic model so it can be effectively used in program planning, implementation, and dissemination of results. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of logic modeling, example logic models, and an array of tools such as checklists, exercises, and templates.

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