Using families' perspectives to inform program evaluation: A qualitative analysis
In the age of educational accountability, institutions are being asked to evaluate the effectiveness of their programs to demonstrate positive outcomes. Program evaluations that engage all stakeholders including families, in goal setting and meaningful dialogue that reflect the culture and priorities of the educational community are an important tool for improving the efficacy of early childhood programs. The purpose of this study was to gather information from families that reflected the support services that were most beneficial and most valuable for supporting their child's developmental outcomes. Data were collected through a survey of 27 Peruvian families of children with disabilities. Four semi-structured interviews were also completed. Families indicated that they obtained benefits through positive relationships with staff. However, the families indicated less confidence in terms of improvements in their own knowledge of child development and their ability to assess their child's developmental progress as a result of services received.
0518: Preschool education