In 2013, CARE was awarded the contract to provide evaluation for all 22 (now 24) Early Childhood Block Grant recipients across the state by the Kansas Children’s Cabinet. These 24 grantees have a total of over 170 programs for which outcomes must be measured. In partnership with the Kansas Children’s Cabinet, CARE has developed the “Common Measures Initiative” which is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. focused on gathering comparable data across a wide range of programs.
The elements of the Common Measures Initiative include:
1. Site visits to each awardee in order to gather information about programs, develop logic models, and discuss current evaluation efforts and measures.
2. Identification of validated and reliable measures that can be used by all sites across the state for standardized assessment of child development and social/emotional outcomes.
3. Training and technical assistance in implementing the measures.
4. Training and technical assistance on data collection and use of a statewide database.
5. Assistance in identifying and implementing measures for unique programs for each grantee, and
6. Analysis and reporting of aggregate and grantee-specific data.