Evaluating Family Programs: Current Issues in Theory and Policy (Modern Applications of Social Work)

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The diverse composition of American families and changing ways of raising our children have become subjects of intense scrutiny by researchers and policymakers in recent years. Shifting demographics and work patterns, growing numbers of women in the work force, teenage pregnancy, single-parent families, and the deinstitutionalization of the elderly, disabled, and mentally ill--all these trends have significantly affected family life. Evaluating Family Programs effectively bridges the gap between researchers and practitioners in order to bring practical, understandable advice to providers of family programs and to program funders and policymakers.

Heather B. Weiss and Francine H. Jacobs have collected in this volume works which move outside the traditional approaches of their disciplines to create new models for delivering and evaluating services. This sets a mood of genuine inquiry and excitement about successful aspects of programs while maintaining openness about the limitations of both research and practice. By expanding the research model, this work is an attempt to understand reciprocal influences of extended family, culture, community, and social institutions. It urges those who advocate program accountability to understand that not all types of evaluations are appropriate for all programs, and it notes that limitations in current evaluation technologies make it difficult to evaluate outcomes.

Evaluating Family Programs reminds the reader that in order to develop sound family policy we must look at children and families in context. Beacuse policymakers, program administrators, and informed citizens have come to rely more upon the results of evaluation research, we must improve our methods while not losing sight of its limitations. It is a thought-provoking contribution to the efforts of those who seek to support the American family with compassion, understanding, and realism.

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Heather B. Weiss is the founder and director of Harvard Family Research Project and a senior research associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is an advisor to numerous foundations on strategic grant-making and serves on the advisory board of numerous organizations.



Francine H. Jacobs is associate professor in the department of child development and associate professor of urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University. She is the author of Evaluating Family Preservation Services: A Guide for State Administrators (with J. Kapuscik).

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Evaluating Family Programs, addresses the gap in evaluative research that results when research models do not accurately meet the contextual presuppositions on which programs and services are based... For anyone planning evaluative research on family- and context-oriented programs, the book is important reading.”

—Robert T. Constable, Social Work in Education

Evaluating Family Programs, is tightly organized... The authors should be commended for their honest, carefully balanced discussion of decision making, the trade-offs that characterize their evaluation of family programs, and the resultant gains and losses. This book will be a useful tool for students, researchers, and policy planners.”

—Suzanne K. Steinmetz, Contemporary Sociology

Evaluating Family Programs, edited by Heather Weiss and Francine Jacobs, comprises 22 chapters written by 27 authors (including three social workers)... The presentations come from researchers, evaluators, and program directors. Practical suggestions about selecting outcome measures and sources of advice and information are included.”

—Benjamin Schlesinger, Social Work

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