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Evaluation and Accountability

Mapping the Early Care and Education Monitoring Landscape

Mapping the Early Care and Education Monitoring Landscape is a tool from the SCBC and the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center). This tool is designed to help state and territory leaders document current early care and education monitoring systems as they evaluate opportunities for alignment and integration.

StrengthsFinder and Results-Based Leadership

Strengths Finder is a book and self-assessment tool that helps individuals discover, understand, and apply their strengths. It provides users with a strengths profile, and guidance for applying these strengths and working with others. Results-Based Leadership is a related book for individuals in a leadership role. It describes three keys to being a more effective leader: knowing your strengths and investing in others' strengths, getting people with the right strengths on your team, and understanding and meeting the four basic needs of those who look to you for leadership.

The Program Manager’s Guide to Evaluation Second Edition

This guide defines program evaluation, explains why it is important, and provides guidance on conducting evaluations and using the results. It includes tips, samples, worksheets, and a comprehensive list of evaluation resources.

Proposed Indicator Set for Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems

This brief document lists Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems indicators, including overarching indicators and early care and education measures.

Preliminary ECCS Evaluation Results

This webinar offers an overview of the Early Childhood Comprehensive System by examining contextual factors that impact the system. These contextual factors include State team characteristics, state advisory councils, and funding resources.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide

This guide provides an overview of the development and application of program logic models. It was developed to provide nonprofits and community members with an orientation to the underlying principles and language of the program logic model so it can be effectively used in program planning, implementation, and dissemination of results. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of logic modeling, example logic models, and an array of tools such as checklists, exercises, and templates.

Indicators for Social and Emotional Development in Young Children: Challenges and Opportunities

This webinar presentation offers reasons social-emotional development is important to school readiness and provides indicators for social-emotional development.

FRIENDS Evaluation Toolkit

This toolkit provides resources for developing an individualized outcome evaluation plan. It is intended to serve as an entry-level guide for programs to help build evaluation capacity. The toolkit is divided into four sections: building your evaluation plan, logic model builder, outcomes and indicators, and annotated measurement tools.

Improving Performance, Scoring Success: Using Balanced Scorecards for Organizational Excellence

This toolkit provides guidance related to strategic planning and outcome measurement. It was designed to support Community Action Agencies with building their capacity to develop and manage their strategic plans. The toolkit is based on a five component framework: assessment, planning, implementation, achievement of results, and evaluation.

CLASP DataFinder

The CLASP DataFinder is a tool developed to provide select demographic information as well as administrative data on programs that affect low-income people and families. Users can create custom tables that present and compare data at the national, state, and community level. The DataFinder currently includes state and national data on: child care assistance spending and participation, Head Start and Early Head Start participation, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) expenditures, young child demographics, and poverty.