Assessing the Field of Post-Adoption Services: Family Needs, Program Models, and Evaluation Issues. Evaluation Issues. Discussion

11/01/2002

A substantial boost in our knowledge of PAS will require many steps and stages. Two general strategies are suggested here: first, the development of fundamental evaluation tools, including service classifications, basic administrative data sets, and procedures for the collection and storage of subsidy data. These steps would both reduce the start-up costs of evaluation and increase comparability of evaluations across programs. Second, funding agencies at both the federal and state level 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.

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