Evaluation Capacity Network: Aligning Evaluative Thinking and Practice among Early Childhood Stakeholders
This project aims to provide much needed evidence to non-profit organizations working with vulnerable children and their families in five inner city schools. The All in for Youth initiative is a collaboration of eight organizations offering integrated, multi-dimensional supports to improve academic outcomes and resiliency of vulnerable children, support family health and stability, get communities involved, and inform policy and systems change. Individual non-profit organizations do not always have the resources, expertise, time, or capacity to intentionally gather evidence to support critical reflection of their services. Balancing the needs of all organizational representatives into one evaluation will be challenging. This collaborative of organizations will provide a case study where the ECN research team can more closely examine how partners develop intersectoral relationships, create common governance models, navigate
systems change, integrate programs and services, develop common client outcomes, and collect and analyze evidence to inform and improve organizational practices, programs, and policies.