Available research on post-adoption services and supports is largely descriptive and based on only a few of the programs implemented in this rapidly developing field. Two groups of evaluations are discussed: (1) those identified by our literature review and (2) ongoing evaluations in the case-study states. While the former group is generally more fully developed, the latter group represents ongoing and recent efforts by well-respected programs.
4.3 Future Directions in PAS Evaluation
A substantial boost in our knowledge of PAS will require many steps, building from two general strategies. First, evaluators should collaborate with PAS leaders to develop fundamental evaluation tools that will reduce the start-up costs for programs and will increase comparability of evaluations across programs. Second, funding agencies can consider strategies to reduce barriers to evaluation by making them more useful to program staff, ensuring that evaluation activities do not impinge upon service delivery, and providing adequate resources in the form of both funds and expertise. This section provides specific recommendations to address each of these agendas.