How We Evaluate

We work collaboratively with organizations to develop research questions, logic models,  approaches that work best for them. We’ll work with you to co-design an evaluation that successfully and cost-effectively meets your goals and needs.  We aim to use systems of measurement that are varied and meet scientific standards.  At the same time we build on the work present in any organization in order to maximize the resources and knowledge available.  Our participatory community research approach is reflected in every collaboration we enter.

Measures

Whenever possible, we use standardized questionnaires with proven reliability and validity.  However, we also have experience developing customized questionnaires depending on a project’s needs.  We have developed and tested a broad array of Touchpoints-related assessments that can be made available to our clients.  We have experience in design and use of child, parent, family, and community measures.  In any sizable project we suggest a mixed methods approach so that the power of numbers is supported by the rich stories that emerge from exploring program and community initiatives and making them work.

Methodology

We offer and provide consultation on quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods evaluations. We only use scientifically sound and proven methods of analysis.

Quantitative analysis methods include both cross sectional and longitudinal designs.  Some examples include, but are not limited to:

  • ANOVA/MANOVA
  • Multiple Regression Analysis
  • Multilevel/Hierarchal Modeling
  • Repeated Measures ANOVA
  • Individual Growth Modeling/Latent Growth Modeling
  • Survival/Time to Event Analysis
  • Principal Components Analysis/Exploratory Factor Analysis
  • Confirmatory Factor Analysis
  • Path Analysis
  • Structural Equation Modeling

Qualitative methods and approaches include, but are not limited to:

  • Thematic analysis
  • Grounded theory
  • Ethnography
  • Focus groups and interviews with community leaders, training participants, parents and other stakeholders