Evaluating the outcomes of prevention and family support programs is critical for program growth and improvement. Programs need to provide convincing evidence that their work makes important differences for the children, families, and communities they serve.
The FRIENDS National Resource Center has developed an Evaluation Toolkit to help prevention programs in their evaluation efforts. The toolkit assists child abuse and neglect prevention, family support, and parenting programs in evaluating their effectiveness in improving outcomes for children and families. Visit the FRIENDS website: Evaluation Planning.
One component of the Evaluation Toolkit is the Logic Model Builder for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention/Family Support Programs. The Logic Model Builder was designed to provide guidance in developing a logic model; that is, a picture of how a program works. Learn more about logic models (PDF - 41 KB). Child Welfare Information Gateway also offers a Logic Model Builder for Postadoption Services Programs.
The Logic Model Builder helps programs identify anticipated outcomes, indicators of success, and evaluation instruments that may be appropriate to measure success. The logic model will help you get started in planning an evaluation of your program.
The Logic Model Builder is a collaborative effort between the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, which developed the content, and Child Welfare Information Gateway, which created the online application.