Assessing the Field of Post-Adoption Services: Family Needs, Program Models, and Evaluation Issues. Summary Report. 6.3 How Are PAS Programs Assessing Their Effectiveness?

11/01/2002

Evaluations of PAS programs are fairly rare in the published literature, and many well-regarded programs are strikingly limited in their evaluation activities. Among the reasons for this deficit are the relative newness of the field, the ongoing evolution of treatment models and service classifications, program models that tailor services to family needs rather than following predefined protocols, and a lack of evaluation experience among program staff. Three basic strategies could substantially advance evaluation development.

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