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You shall not pass: The use of evaluation tollgates in building evidence for social programs

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 12:32
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Woolverton, Maria
Bradley, M.C.
Gabel, George
Melz, Heidi
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Washington, D.C.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

This video and its accompanying presentation slides are from the 2018 Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS). Too often, programs are prematurely evaluated without a planning phase to build a program’s evaluation capacity. However, there is growing consensus that prior to summative evaluation programs should undergo an intermediate step, referred to as “evaluation tollgates,” to determine whether programs are well-implemented and truly ready for rigorous evaluation. This session provided examples from two federal initiatives that used evaluation tollgates to build evidence in child welfare. Maria Woolverton (Administration for Children and Families) moderated the session. (Author introduction)

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