Video Series Helps Organizations Learn to Build Evidence in Five Steps

Posted July 22, 2018, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Learn how to build evidence for programs that help children and families.

The nation­al research orga­ni­za­tion Child Trends, with sup­port from the Casey Foun­da­tion, pro­duced Build­ing Evi­dence for Effec­tive Pro­grams, a video series that demys­ti­fies the evi­dence-build­ing process for non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions seek­ing to demon­strate or enhance pro­gram effectiveness.

The series presents an easy-to-fol­low guide with five key steps to build­ing evi­dence of effec­tive­ness. The web­site pro­vides addi­tion­al resources on each top­ic to guide view­ers as they work through the steps.

Non­prof­its often want to use data and evi­dence to dri­ve their work,” says Ilene Berman, a senior asso­ciate in Casey’s Evi­dence-Based Prac­tice Group. But many don’t have the resources to get start­ed. These videos are designed to help.”

Fol­low­ing the intro­duc­tion, the videos cov­er the fol­low­ing topics:

  1. Assess­ing com­mu­ni­ty needs and resources
  2. Iden­ti­fy­ing the need to be targeted
  3. Cre­at­ing a plan
  4. Deliv­er­ing the pro­gram and mon­i­tor­ing its quality
  5. Eval­u­at­ing the program

The series is adapt­ed from the cur­ricu­lum for the work­shop Becom­ing an Evi­dence-Based Pro­gram, which Child Trends has deliv­ered to orga­ni­za­tions in the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., area for the past 10 years.

Now, lead­ers from any­where in the coun­try — and the world — can famil­iar­ize them­selves with the process of becom­ing evi­dence based,” says Berman. They can also use the videos to explain that process to their staff and con­stituents, and show that build­ing evi­dence is a path that leads to the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of pro­grams that make a real dif­fer­ence in out­comes for chil­dren and families.”

Learn more about how Casey helps pro­grams build evidence

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