References and Resources for Evaluating Parenting Education Programs

References and Additional Resources

This section provides references for the information contained in this website along with additional resources for evaluating parenting education programs.

References

Mueller, M. (1996). Immediate outcomes of lower-income participants in Minnesota’s universal access Early Childhood Family Education. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning

Patton, M. Q. (1997). Utilization-focused evaluation: The new century text. Thousand Oaks: Sage. This text is primarily for evaluators, but it is very user-friendly and easy to read. Chapter 10 on developing a programs theory of action is a good introduction to logic models.

W. K. Kellogg Foundation (1998). W. K. Kellogg Foundation evaluation toolkit. Battle Creek, Michigan: W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Toolkit available in English and Spanish. Ordering information online.

W. K. Kellogg Foundation (2004). W. K. Kellogg Foundation logic model development guide. Battle Creek, Michigan: W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Guide available in English and Spanish. Ordering information available.

Weiss, H. B., & Jacobs, F. H. (Eds.) (1988). Evaluating family programs. New York: Aldine de Gruyter. Although this text was published in 1988, it still has good information about evaluating family support and education programs and provides a list of measures. The last section of the book has case studies of evaluations, which is particularly interesting.

 

Additional Resources for Evaluating Parenting Education Programs

Harvard Family Research Project
The Evaluation Exchange is a short publication by HFRP that addresses many topics of interest.

Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
www.puckett.org/

This website has a wealth of information on early childhood and family support, along with links to products that include possible scales that could be used in parenting education evaluation.

Parents as Teachers
The Parents as Teachers website homepage includes a number of evaluation reports.

Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Community Toolkit

rwjf.org/grantees/howtotools/communitytoolbox.jhtml
There are a number of resources here specifically regarding evaluation, including needs assessment, developing a logic model, and evaluating a program. Other resources include building leadership and writing grants.

Treichel, C. J. (2003). In the best interests of children and their families: Merging program development and program evaluation. In D. J. Bredehoft & M. J. Walcheski (Eds.), Family life education: Integrating theory and practice. Minneapolis, MN: National Council on Family Relations.

Western Michigan University Evaluation Checklists
http://www.wmich.edu/evalctr/

The Evaluation Budget checklist is particularly helpful in thinking through the resources needed for a large-scale evaluation.
http://www.wmich.edu/evalctr/archive_checklists/evaluationbudgets.htm

Worthen, B.R., Sanders, J. R., & Fitzpatrick, J. L. (1997). Program evaluation: Alternative approaches and practical guidelines (2nd ed.). White Plains, NY: Longman.

Note: This list provides a starting point for obtaining more information on evaluating parenting education programs. It is not intended to be exhaustive.