EVALUATION FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
Throughout the history of FACE, evaluation has been an important component. Research & Training Associates, Inc. (RTA) was contracted at the inception of FACE to conduct a program study and continues to function as the program evaluator.
The purpose of the program evaluation has been twofold:
(1)To provide information to ensure continual improvement in program implementation-including overall program and site-specific feedback.
(2)To provide information about the impact of the program.
Information has been used by the BIE to improve implementation and by funding decision-makers who determine the future of FACE.
Initial evaluation studies focused on describing the implementation of the FACE program as a whole, as well as at individual sites. Particular attention was given to the evolutionary process in which three models were integrated and adapted into one comprehensive program.
Since the early years, evaluation has focused on identifying program outcomes overall and at individual sites and providing implementation data to program operators and site staffs. Special studies have been commissioned periodically on such topics as parent involvement, student achievement, and FACE impacts.
Evaluation focuses are identified and studies are planned through the partnering efforts of the BIE, RTA, NCFL, and PATNC. Instruments are assessed and fine-tuned annually to ensure that the necessary information is available for the BIE.
Staff efforts at providing high quality data are critical to providing accurate information. Continual efforts are made to train and inform site staffs on data collection procedures. Annual reports and special reports are prepared for the BIE, and site-level summaries are provided to individual programs.