Evaluation is a critical element of child abuse prevention program sustainability, as funders and policymakers increasingly ask for evidence of the effectiveness of the programs they fund. It is also necessary for child abuse and neglect prevention and family support programs to conduct evaluation activities as part of their ongoing quality assurance efforts. Use the following resources to identify evaluation strategies, make an economic case for child abuse prevention, and find results of prevention program evaluations.
- Evaluation toolkit and logic model builder
- Tools for evaluating prevention programs
- Results of program evaluations
Evaluation & Evidence
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Explores evaluation and analysis in many forms including program evaluation, capacity building initiatives, quantitative and qualitative analysis, pilots and demonstrations, and statistical analysis.
FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP)
Provides a toolkit as a resource for developing an individualized outcome evaluation plan from the ground up along with an online compendium of information and resources related to evaluation.
Guidelines for CBCAP Lead Agencies on Evidence-Based and Evidence Informed Programs and Practices (PDF - 166 KB)
FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) (2007)
Provides information on the background, vision, and guidelines regarding requirements for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) efficiency measures for federally funded CBCAP programs.
Process and Outcomes Evaluation
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2016)
Summarizes process evaluation, which examines how prevention program activities are delivered, and outcomes evaluation, which measures a program's results and helps determine whether a program or strategy produced the changes it intended to achieve.
Program Assessment: Identifying What Works in Your State or Locality
Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, Pew Charitable Trusts, & John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2015)
Describes a framework of evaluating State and local government programs with components of program assessment, budget development, implementation oversight, outcomes monitoring, and targeted evaluation.