The public conversation about measuring programs is often theoretical, focusing on what organizations could or should do rather than on tactics for success. At Idealware, they were curious about the opposite—what specific tactics are organizations using to measure their programs? What are the barriers? To find out, in the summer of 2013 they created and distributed a survey to human service organizations on their own mailing list—generally small to mid-sized organizations—to learn how they were actually using technology to measure and evaluate the outcomes of their programs.
The fact is that program evaluation really is a strategy, not software. To help nonprofits in this area of technology, Idealware researched and wrote a new report, Understanding Software for Program Evaluation. This handy reference guide provides overviews of the types of software that, when brought together, can enable your organization to accurately and confidently collect, measure, and monitor the outcomes and effectiveness of its programs.
This joint Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) and DSS presentation describes the use of the Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS) in child welfare cases, and provides guidance on defining and reporting Automated Functions, as defined by Federal Regulations 45 CFR 1355.53, as part of Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS) Advance Planning Document (APD) submissions, as defined by Federal Regulations 45 CFR 1355.52(i) and Federal Regulations 45 CFR 95.611.
Please find this report here: To meet the unique needs of children and youth in the child welfare system and better coordinate their care, several provider organizations are turning to technology. There are many innovative technologies emerging that may improve services and outcomes for this special population. At the request of the Southern Area Consortium of Human Services (SACHS), this research summary provides information on how these available or evolving technologies are impacting child welfare services as well as examples from other jurisdictions who are effectively leading the use of technology and innovation efforts in their child welfare agencies.