Assessment and Evaluation Tools

Benchmarks of Success for Maryland’s Workforce System

As Maryland seeks to strengthen and enhance its workforce system through implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plan, success requires a commitment to innovation, collaboration, and a true systems approach among the State’s many workforce partners. In order to guide the WIOA Partners in this work, this document sets forth a … Continued

United Way of Bay Area Community Schools Initiative Report

The long-term goal of SparkPoint Community Schools is to break the cycle of poverty by improving both a family’s ability to earn a living, as well as their children’s academic performance. When families are supported, kids go to school, stay in school, and learn more. And, when kids do better academically, they can get better jobs, … Continued

Measuring Client Well-being: A Toolkit for Counties and Community-Based Organizations

Measuring Client Well-being presents a practical guide for county and community-based organizations to explore new ways to support clients holistically. It enables organizations to explore well-being metrics and use that information to improve services and achieve outcomes. Prescribing a one-size-fits-all approach does not work in an area like well-being that varies by client, program, and organization. Instead, … Continued

Dual Generation: The Case for Linking CFES Strategies with Early Childhood Programs

This purpose of this paper is to inform the Center for Family Economic Success (CFES) at The Annie E. Casey Foundation about the prospects of developing a dual-generation, integrated-services model that provides low-income children with high quality early education intervention supports while providing their parents with resources aimed at addressing their economic success. Specifically, we … Continued

Working Families Success Network Common Participant Outcomes

The Working Families Success Network has identified 11 Common Participant Outcomes in the areas of employment, training, and career services; financial coaching and asset building; income supports; and bundling of services or program delivery. These outcomes and their measures represent a shared measurement approach for WFSN sites. Sites use these outcomes and measures to improve … Continued

Return on Investment in the Jeremiah Program

This study by Wilder Research consists of a social return on investment (ROI) analysis of Jeremiah Program, finding positive economic value for participants, private funders, taxpayers, and society as a whole. The benefit-cost ratios show returns of between $1.66 and $34.16 for every dollar invested in the program. Source: Jeremiah Program and Wilder Research

Sparkpoint: Financial Prosperity – 10 Key Findings

View resource Report from United Way of the Bay Area on Sparkpoint program demonstrates client progress towards achieving and maintaining financial prosperity at SparkPoint Centers. Source: United Way of Bay Area

Sample 2Gen logic model

View logic model Two-generation programs (and their evaluations) express the specifics of their theories of change through logic models that may look like the model attached. While logic models are not unique to two- generation programs, the consideration given to how parent and child inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes interact (the arrows) and with what … Continued

Sample 2Gen Theory of Change

View theory of change A two-generation program theory of change may look like the attached, but it is expected that individual programs will vary the components widely based on outcomes targeted, resources available, the views of key stakeholders, and local innovation. In particular, when developing theories of change, two-generation programs weigh heavily the compositions, cultures, needs, strengths, … Continued