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Program Evaluation

Quality and Progress

NNPS tools and services assist schools and district leaders to evaluate the quality and progress of schools’ programs of family and community involvement.

There are “built-in” evaluation tools in the NNPS manual (See Chapter 9 in School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action). These tools help schools plan their programs and assess the quality of their efforts, teamwork, programs, and practices.

There also are annual UPDATE surveys that all members of NNPS must return to NNPS to monitor progress and to renew membership for the next school year.

NNPS also offers general questionnaires (see Surveys and Summaries) for parents, students, and teachers to obtain information about attitudes toward school, family, and community partnerships, current experiences, and expectations for improving family and community involvement.

Built-in Evaluation Tools for Use On-Site

The Handbook includes tools and guidelines to measure the development and quality of programs and practices of school, family, and community partnerships.

Schools begin with Starting Points, an inventory of present practices of family and community involvement. See Chapter 5 in the Handbook.

Then, the Measure of School, Family, and Community Partnerships may be used annually to assess progress in implementing activities for the six types of involvement. See Chapter 9 in the Handbook.

Annual Evaluation of Activities helps the Action Team for Partnerships assess the quality of each activity that is implemented. This tool should be used throughout the year, as each activity occurs. See Chapter 9 in the Handbook.

Annual Review of Team Processes helps schools assess how well the ATP is working together as a team. The review prompts discussions about the quality of interactions and needed improvements in the composition of the team, schedule and content of team meetings, effectiveness of committees, extent of shared leadership, and progress on program implementation. See Chapter 3 in the Handbook.

The “built-in” evaluations help a school’s Action Team for Partnerships document progress, discuss program strengths and weaknesses, and improve the next One-Year Action Plan for Partnerships.

District facilitators for partnerships should collect all schools’ One-Year Action Plans and End-of-Year Evaluations to keep track of schools’ plans and programs, and to help each school improve its work from year to year.

NNPS Conducts Evaluations Annually for ALL Members

UPDATE

REQUIRED REPORT TO NNPS: Progress on Program Development

NNPS helps schools, districts, organizations, and states assess their progress in program development with annual UPDATE surveys. UPDATE includes scales and measures of eight “essential elements” that have been shown in NNPS research to contribute to improving the quality of partnership programs: leadership, teamwork, action plans, implementation, funding, collegial support, evaluation, and networking. NNPS analyzes UPDATE data and reports results back to members to compare their efforts with national patterns and trends. UPDATE helps members of NNPS improve their partnership programs from year to year.

  • Summaries of annual UPDATE data from schools and districts are reported to all members.
  • Districts and organizations with eight (8) or more schools that return UPDATE receive a summary of their own schools’ data to monitor from year to year.        

UPDATE SURVEYS –
EVALUATE PROGRESS AND RENEW MEMBERSHIP

UPDATE must be returned to NNPS by JULY 15 in 2021 to renew membership for the next school year.

To complete UPDATE:

  1. Save the blank form to your computer.
  2. Complete UPDATE. Save the completed File.
  3. Scan and Send, and E-mail , UPDATE with $250 renewal fee to NNPS.

For more information:
  • See the “built in” evaluation forms in NNPS School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action.
  • Read summaries of NNPS research in the section Research and Evaluation.
  • If you have questions about evaluating the quality of partnership programs and the results of outreach to families for student success, contact:Dr. Joyce L. Epstein, Director, jepstein@jhu.edu or Dr. Steven B. Sheldon, Research Director, ssheldon@jhu.edu