Assessing the Field of Post-Adoption Services: Family Needs, Program Models, and Evaluation Issues. Case Study Report. 8.1 Structure of Evaluation


The organization of evaluation activities varied considerably among case-study states according to the organization of post adoption activities and whether the state used external evaluators. Regional PAS providers in Massachusetts and Oregons statewide PAS program compiled program activity data for analysis by external evaluators. These evaluators also analyzed client satisfaction surveys collected by the statewide provider in Oregon and gathered and analyzed additional data in Massachusetts. In Virginia, the statewide PAS coordinator compiled data submitted by regional PAS providers for an annual report to the state. Texas regional PAS providers used client satisfaction data at the local level and submitted activity data to the state for cost reimbursement, but the state did not analyze these data for evaluation due to a lack of funding for that purpose. In Georgia, statewide PAS providers were responsible for evaluating the specific service components that they conduct, with oversight from the state adoption program manager.

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