Monthly Archives: July 2010
|July 29, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Evaluation, Research, Youth Development||
A selection of recent reports on children in the foster care system from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago:
- Does extending stay in foster care until age 21 result in better postsecondary educational outcomes for youth?
- How well do employment readiness programs address the training needs of youth in foster care? A look at the administrative data from the Community Assistance Programs (CAPs) program in Chicago, where just over 1/4 of the 298 participants completed one hour of their subsidized employment, sets up critical evaluation questions around engaging youth in job training and placement activities.
|July 28, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Evaluation, Research||
Does a lack of bias equal automatic credibility as an evaluator? The always enlightening blog, Genuine Evaluation by Patricia J Rogers and E. Jane Davidson, posits that an independent, outside, evaluator actually works against a credible evaluation. Rather, connectedness to the provider, the community receiving services, the funders and other stakeholders is what makes (or breaks) an evaluator’s credibility, and allows for a richer, perhaps more honest evaluation process.
Giving insights from the Kaupapa Maori culture and their own evaluation experiences, they suggest that trust is built through competent work conducted in a respectful manner and that those relationships enhance one’s credibility more than a forced, detached impartiality. A must read entry (with a streaming video piece) and it is here.
|July 27, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Management||
Over at the Washington Post’s website, Stephen Martin writes about the five leadership secrets of Trappist monks at the On Leadership page. Trappist monks have survived and thrived as self-supporting communities for a thousand years through focus, listening, openness, humility and thoughtful reinvention of their businesses and products.
In an age of instantaneous and nearly unlimited information and communication, where the number of fans or friends seemingly equates with value, online clicks can win funding and it sometimes feels like a game of he or she who tweets loudest and longest wins – there are leadership lessons to be had from the contemplative life.
There’s also some fantastic chocolate-covered-fruitcake.
|July 27, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Policy, Research||
The Foundation reports that there are approximately 1 million additional children living in poverty in the United States in 2008 than in 2000. According to data, the teen birth rate dropped while the number of teens receiving high school degrees or the equivalency increased.
National, state and county level data, visuals and widgets are available for exploration and customization at the KIDS COUNT data center.