Evaluating the effectiveness of RFA is necessary. Adjustments to the program can be made if we know what is working and what is not. Standardized instruments that can be used to assess successful and unsuccessful implementation strategies are helpful in answering this question. Instruments may include county identified outcomes and methods for collecting baseline data, for administering surveys, for conducting observations, and for analyzing data. Both qualitative and quantitative procedures may be used to evaluate implementation of initiatives, programs, or interventions.
- Data input—CWS/CMS Instructions
- Reports—Safe Measures, Efforts to Outcomes, Business Objects, Excel tracking
- RFA Family Satisfaction Survey
To conduct an effective evaluation, the county may also access other data that has been gathered qualitatively. This may include utilizing data from focus groups (Who needs to know) or information gathered through completing the County Readiness Assessment and Comprehensive Implementation plans (Putting the Plan to Work). This qualitative data can then be synthesized with the quantitative data gathered through the RFA Survey and CWS/CMS.