Evaluation Resource Guide for Responsible Fatherhood Programs.

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Page Count
74
Year Published
2010
Author (Organization)
United States.
Office of Family Assistance.
James Bell Associates.
Resource Type
Report
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English

Intended to assist organizations who have received federal funding for Responsible Fatherhood programming, this guide provides information on the evaluation of Responsible Fatherhood initiatives. Chapter 1 introduces the concept of program evaluation and presents the reasons for evaluating a project; what information organizations can expect to gain; and how to use evaluation information to inform a project. Chapter 2 includes an overview of the Office of Family Assistance's (OFA's) Responsible Fatherhood initiative; introduction of the Responsible Fatherhood conceptual model; and a discussion on defining a program model for a specific project. Chapters 3 and 4 describe program theory and logic models, and provide tools for developing a logic model for a specific project. Chapter 5 provides details to help programs develop and review evaluation questions. The following chapter explains the core concepts of process evaluation and provides guidance in preparing for the process evaluation of a project. Chapter 7 focuses on outcome evaluation and provides a detailed discussion on planning an outcome evaluation within the context of the Responsible Fatherhood program. The chapter clarifies short-term, intermediate, and long-term outcomes and corresponding out-come indicators. Also included are tools for identifying indicators for a project's outcomes. Chapter 8 explains the difference between descriptive and comparative evaluation designs, and offers an overview of common evaluation designs and data sources applicable to Responsible Fatherhood grantees. Finally, chapter 9 provides information on selecting appropriate instruments for a project evaluation, and offers tips for developing evaluation instruments. 13 figures and 35 references. (Author abstract modified)

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