We can lead you in conducting quality assessments.
We understand the importance of measuring not only outcomes but also implementations and quality including if it is being implemented effectively and with fidelity in such a way to produce short- and long-term outcomes. To this end, we often create evaluation framework and assessment tools including key stakeholder surveys, dosage forms, and interview tools. We also develop systems to measure fidelity to program models and establish continuous quality improvement practices. If the outcomes of a program are positive, there will be many inquiries about what you are doing that works. A quality assessment will aim to answer those questions.
A few select recent or key quality assessments include:
Assessment of the Social Environment and an Evaluation of the Community Development Works Initiative of the Rapides Foundation, The Rapides Foundation
The mission of The Rapides Foundation (TRF) is to improve the health status of Central Louisiana. Under its Healthy Communities strategic area, TRF seeks to impact the Social Environment by enhancing and improving civic and community opportunities for more effective leaders and organizations. Since 2000, the Community Development Works (CDW) initiative has been the Foundation’s primary vehicle for addressing social capital within The Rapides Foundation service area. This program seeks improved quality of life for the Foundation’s service region through creation of a more effective nonprofit sector and an engaged community. Some of the desired outcomes of this work are more effective community organizations, increased civic engagement and increased social capital networks. Philliber provided a report detailing data on trends occurring in the landscape of the Foundation’s service area’s social environment and measures the overall progress and potential outcomes of the CDW Initiative strategic activities from 2014 through 2018. This included an Assessment of the Social Well-Being of the service area using a vast array of indicators and a comparison of the Rapides service area on these indicators with the other counties in Louisiana not served by the Foundation or its programs, other similar counties in another Southern state, the State of Louisiana, and the United States as a whole. Philliber also conducted an Assessment of the Views of Community Members Served by the Foundation and its Programs Including their assessments of the quality of life in the region, their participation in charitable giving and volunteering, and their participation in voting; an Assessment of the Nonprofit Sector in the Community Including the views of both staff and board members, the status of their agencies, their missions and services, and the training and other needs of their agencies; and, a Descriptive Evaluation of the Programs of the Community Development Works Initiative Including The CDW Learning Lab and eLibrary, the Staffbuilder Training Calendar, Cenla Execbuilder, Cenla Boardbuilder, and My Civic Life. The conclusion of the final report summarizes key learnings of these assessments and evaluations and suggest strategies and actions that might enhance these efforts going forward.
Brighter Futures Initiative, The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Evaluation of the Hartford Brighter Futures Initiative (Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, 2001 – present) The initial evaluation collected data from 559 entering Hartford Public School kindergarten students and their parents to access the level of school readiness among entering kindergartners and to identify factors that influence that readiness. Early Screening Profiles were collected from children and parents were interviewed about their children’s background. Interviews were conducted in English, Spanish, Bosnian, and Vietnamese. Early Screening Profiles assess cognitive skills, language skills, motor skills, social skills, and self-help skills. The study demonstrated that the average percentile rank of children entering kindergarten in Hartford is below the national average, but it is possible to increase how ready children are to learn through literacy activities with parents and participation in organized activities. Philliber also evaluated the Child Care Enhancement Project (CCE) and seven Family Centers established by the initiative. Philliber worked with the Foundation and CCE grantees to develop a common evaluation system that documents changes in the quality of childcare and the development of children. In addition, Philliber worked with each grantee to identify and track agency specific outcomes and to specify the relationships of those outcomes to the outcomes of improved childcare and development of children. With each grantee, Philliber also conducted community surveys to identify the significance of issues in the communities and to use the information from the surveys to plan programs appropriate to the needs of each community.
Development for Youth (DFY: Take Charge!), Cicatelli Associates Inc./Office of Population Affairs (formerly the Office of Adolescent Health)
Cicatelli Associates Inc. was awarded a six year grant from the Office for Adolescent Health in 2010 to test the effectiveness of Development for Youth among a randomly selected sample of foster care youth in New York City. The program attempted to delay the initiation of sexual intercourse, increase contraceptive use, and reduce pregnancies. Philliber evaluated the implementation and impacts of the program using a random assignment design.
STEAM Programs in Walnut Valley, Dramatic Results
Dramatic Results’ STEAM program is designed to integrate theater education into math and science curriculum. Students experience hands-on, performance arts projects that foster interest and skills in STEAM, while also building life skills such as creativity and perseverance. STEAM programming was provided to all second graders in the Walnut Valley Unified School District in the 2018-2019 school year. The evaluation used a descriptive design and covered the quality of program delivery, program reach, student progress in the development of habits of success, theatre skills, academics, and 21st century skills (such as critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration).