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Evaluating Family Support: Thinking Internationally, Thinking Critically

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Evaluating Family Support: Thinking Internationally, Thinking Critically

Ilan Katz (Editor), John Pinkerton (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-471-49723-3 April 2003 366 Pages

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The delivery of effective family support is a key global childwelfare issue, yet there is little consensus on what constitutesfamily support or what the best ways are to evaluate it.

Evaluating Family Support: Thinking Internationally, ThinkingCritically offers a full review of the conceptual andoperational problems involved in this complex and topicalfield.

Ilan Katz and John Pinkerton have brought together a team ofexperienced child care policy analysts and evaluators to presentthe current state of critical thinking alongside detailedinternational case studies. The chapters offer revealing glimpsesinto the nature of family support across the world, as well as anoverview of the challenges facing both practitioners andresearchers.
List of Illustrations.

About the Editors.

List of Contributors.

Foreword by Heather B. Weiss.

Acknowledgements.

PART I: THE NEED FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON.

1. Perspective through International Comparison in theEvaluation of Family Support (John Pinkerton and Ilan Katz).

PART II: UNDERPINNING ISSUES.

2. Political and Technical Issues Facing Evaluators of FamilySupport (Jane Tunstill).

3. Social Exclusion, Family Support and Evaluation (CorinneMay-Chahal, et al.).

4. The Value of Resilience as a Key Concept in Evaluating FamilySupport (Robbie Gilligan).

5. Issues in Evaluating Family Support Services: An AmericanPerspective (Peter Pecora).

6. Comparative Research as a Method of Evaluating Systems(Rachael Hetherington).

PART III: 'CASE STUDIES' FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

7. National Policy Making and the Need to Evaluate FamilySupport in the Republic of Ireland (Catherine Hazlett).

8. A Culturally Relevant Model for Evaluating Family Services inHong Kong (Monit Cheung and Chi-Kwong Law).

9. Lessons from the Evaluation of Fa mily Support in New Zealand(Jackie Sanders and Robyn Munford).

10. A Nationaln Evaluation of Family Support Services: AnEvaluation of Services Provided by the NSPCC in the United Kingdom(Ruth Gardner).

11. Empowering Parents: A Two-Generation Intervention in aCommunity Context in Northern Ireland (Nuala Quiery, etal.).

12. The Indicators Study: An Cross-Site ImplementationEvaluation of the Community Partnerships for Protecting ChildrenInitiative in America (Stephen Budde).

13. Policy Roots and Practice Growth: Evaluating Family Supporton the West Coast of Ireland (John Canavan and Pat Dolan).

14. The Resourceful Adolescent Project: A Universal Approach toPreventing Adolescent Depression through Promoting Resilience andFamily-Well Being in Australia (Ian Shochet and David Ham).

15. Evaluation of the Contact Family Service in Sweden (GunvorAndersson).

PART IV: TOWARDS AN INTERNATIONAL AGENDA.

16. International Convergence and Divergence: Towards an OpenSystem Model in the Evaluation of Family Support (Ilan Katz andJohn Pinkerton).

Index.
"The editors of this book have assembled an impressive array ofwell-known authors from various countries." (Journal ofChildren's Services, November 2007)

"...of value for policy makers and administratorsresponsible for service and support of families." (Int JnlAdolescent Med Health, Vol.15, No.4, 2003)

"...a worthwhile collection of papers."(Children and Society, Vol.18 2004)