Building Capacity to Improve Program Evaluation in Child Welfare

Program evaluation plays an important role in CB-funded projects and programs. A wide range of stakeholders rely on program evaluations to answer important questions about program design, capacity, collaboration, implementation, participation, service delivery, and effectiveness.

In recent years, CB has supported several efforts to improve evaluation in child welfare. The resources below have been designed to meet evaluation-related needs. Many are practical tools for directors and evaluators of CB-supported grants, but several have been created with practitioners, faculty, community members, students, and agency leadership in mind.

Child Welfare Evaluation Virtual Summit Series

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Developed in lieu of the 2013 Evaluation Summit, this series of 17 brief videos uses illustrations, animation, motion graphics, and content from national experts to tackle a variety of evaluation-related topics, propose solutions to common problems, and point viewers to additional tools and resources. The videos will be released on a rolling basis beginning in March 2014.

Child Welfare Research and Evaluation Workgroup Products

In 2012, CB convened three workgroups of national child welfare experts:

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  • Calculating the Costs of Child Welfare Services Workgroup
  • Tribal Evaluation Workgroup
  • Framework Workgroup

Each group worked for more than a year on their evaluation topics, creating practical tools to build evaluation capacity and strengthen the link between research and practice. CB congratulates the workgroup steering teams and members on their work.

National Child Welfare Evaluation Summit Materials (2011)

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The 2011 Evaluation Summit featured presentations and spirited discussions by hundreds of attendees on dozens of evaluation topics. The conference program as well as audio recordings and other materials from many of the conference sessions are available for download.

Technical Assistance Documents on Evaluation Topics

CB continues to provide evaluation-related technical assistance to projects and grantee cohorts. Evaluation briefs and other products define key concepts, describe evaluation steps, and offer practical advice to project directors and evaluators.