Family Program Evaluation

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The Alberta ALIGN Association of Community Services actively supports members in their evaluation and outcomes initiatives - take a look through our resources!

ALIGN/Ministry OBSD Newsletter
ALIGN Journals
ALIGN Presentation and Training Resources
ALIGN Collaborative Documents and Initiatives
ALIGN Reports - Includes Annual Member Surveys - Stats and Data

Association of Family Resource Programs. Association of Family Resource Programs.

e-Valuation Quick, simple online evaluation for family resource programs.

Casey Family Programs Signs of Safety Casey Family Programs Signs of Safety

Signs of Safety IT System April 24, 2017 was a breakthrough day for the Signs of Safety approach.
On that day in Islington London, together with Servelec HSC, the first fully specified Signs of Safety information management system was launched.

The system’s forms embed all the of the Signs of Safety practice elements, from intake through to closure, and include all the assessment and planning methods. Comprehensive Signs of Safety practice guidance is also embedded throughout the system. Since the Servelec system is built in the English context, the system is also fully compliant with English legislative and statutory returns requirements…

With the launch of the Signs of Safety IT system, Signs of Safety consultants can now offer any child protection organization the forms, experience and IT partners that are needed to implement a Signs of Safety IT system for their agency. This will enable the agency to create the recording environment where workers are supported to practice using the Signs of Safety approach, and deliver an IT system that workers will want to use because it will help them carry out their direct work with families…

The Power of Partnership Video & Workbook: How to Use Signs of Safety in Child Protection

Signs of Safety Supervisor Practice Fidelity Assessment Casey Family Programs have just released the first report that describes the development of a supervisor assessment fidelity measurement tool

See More Signs of Safety News and Resources

Child Welfare Information Gateway Child Welfare Information Gateway

Evaluating Family Support Services
Methods include home visitation, child development assessment, parenting skills education, homemaker services, and social and emotional support services

FAF Software FAF Software

Children’s Bureau is excited to announce that FAF Web tool is available in Canada and currently being used by the following agencies to facilitate the implementation of OBSD .
Hull Child and Family Services
McMan Youth Family and Community Services
Unlimited Potential Community Services
Grande Prairie Public School District

Help strengthen families today. Get free tools in the 2018 Prevention Resource Guide. Chapter 1 describes approaches based on protective factors that reduce risk of child maltreatment & promote kids' healthy development. 

FAF Web integrates the research-validated Family Assessment Form © tool with improved case management functions.  With FAF Web, case workers can track information from intake through contacts, service planning, and case closure.  Its service planning feature is an efficient tool for incorporating strengths and concerns into goals developed by case workers and families.  FAF Web meets all needs by tracking and reporting on data related to family functioning, service plans, contact notes, closing summaries, caseload reports, demographic reports, and a host of other evaluation functions.  The newest version of the FAF Web, has all the features of the original FAF Pro software integrated into a platform that users can connect with any time, from anywhere.   The Family Assessment Form (FAF) is the ideal tool for assessment and case management in the family services field is a practitioner developed, user-friendly tool designed to help child welfare and family support workers assess family functioning, develop meaningful service plans, monitor progress, and to assist agencies in measuring program outcomes. The FAF tool tracks, among others, clear indicators of child safety, child well-being, permanence, and family and community support and is the ideal tool for assessment and case management in the family services field. It is a state-of-the-art case management platform designed to support best-practice service planning, program improvement, evaluation, and reporting specifically for family strengthening and home visitation programs.. The newest version of the Family Assessment Form Software, FAF Web, has all the features of the original FAF Pro software integrated into a platform that users can connect with any time, from anywhere. To upgrade to FAF Web or to set up a webinar and discuss purchasing options, please contact: Kaya Okuniewski, FAF Program Manager, at

Harvard Family Research Project Harvard Family Research Project

Archived Webinar - Family Engagement Strategies: Addressing Measurement Challenges Evaluating family engagement strategies to demonstrate their impact on student learning is essential for strengthening practice, and is becoming an increasingly important factor in securing program funding.

What Matters in Family Support Evaluation?
Although family support has grown over the last three decades, it is fragile. Programs tend to be underfunded and to lack capacity to deliver quality services.

Book Evaluating Family Programs: Current Issues in Theory and Policy edited by Heather Bastow Weiss, Francine Helene Jacobs

Springer Link Springer Link

An Evaluation of Health and Safety Hazards in Family Based Day Care Homes in Philadelphia Child & Youth Care Forum April 2011, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 151-157
Study Available to Buy or Rent
The aims of this study were to evaluate FDCH providers’ knowledge of hazards and their understanding of actions required to mediate hazards. It also objectively assesses the presence of hazards in the home-based childcare facilities in low-income neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Results indicate that while hazard awareness levels among providers were relatively high, action to remove these hazards was not present in many of the homes. These findings suggest that training and enabling FDCH providers on how to carry out safety behavior is warranted to ensure improved safety conditions in these environments.

University of Wisconsin‐Madison and University of Wisconsin–Extension University of Wisconsin‐Madison and University of Wisconsin–Extension

Culturally Appropriate Programming: What Do We Know About Evidence Based Programs for Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Youth and their Families?(pdf).
With the growing interest in evidence‐based programs for the prevention of juvenile delinquency and other youth problems comes an increased concern about the cultural appropriateness of these programs for youth and families from various cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. The current research on how programs might vary in their effectiveness for youth and families from different cultural backgrounds is not conclusive. However, there is a growing body of research that is beginning to provide some insights. In this paper, we summarize what is known and what areas are in need of more research.