New Approaches
to Evaluating
Community
Initiatives

Volume 2
Theory, Measurement, and Analysis


Contributors and Participants

About the Authors

Andrea Anderson is a research associate with the Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives for Children and Families at the Aspen Institute, where she is editing a forthcoming compilation of community-level outcome measures. Before joining the Roundtable, she was a senior analyst in the Housing, Income Security and Employment area of Abt Associates Inc.

Prudence Brown is a research fellow at the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, where she is involved in the design, documentation, and evaluation of comprehensive community initiatives. She was formerly deputy director of the Urban Poverty Program at the Ford Foundation

James Connell is co-founder and president of the Institute for Research and Reform in Education, based in Philadelphia. He was previously an associate professor of education and psychology at the University of Rochester and director of research at Public/Private Ventures and has published numerous articles on youth development and community and school influences on urban youth.

Claudia Coulton is Lillian F. Harris Professor and co-director of the Center for Urban Poverty and Social Change at Case Western Reserve University. Through the Center she works with community-based organizations and initiatives to reduce poverty and related conditions in urban neighborhoods.

Karen Fulbright-Anderson is a research fellow with the Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives for Children and Families of the Aspen Institute. Prior to joining the Roundtable, she served as director of research at the Vera Institute of Justice and worked in the area of youth development at the Ford Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund. She has also held faculty appointments at the New School for Social Research and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Michelle Alberti Gambone is currently a consultant to the Academy for Educational Developmentís Center for Youth Development, the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Institute for Research and Reform in Education, among others. She was previously deputy director of research at Public/Private Ventures, where she served as principal investigator on several major studies.

Robert Granger, senior vice president at the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC), divides his time between leading research on MDRC projects on young parents and children and serving as the organizationís chief financial officer. He is co-author of Alternative Approaches to Educating Young Children and co-editor of Demythologizing the Inner City Child; he is also the author of numerous professional articles.

Scott Hebert is a senior associate at Abt Associates, Inc., and currently serves as Abtís project director for the national evaluations of the Annie E. Casey Foundationís Jobs Initiative and the Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to joining Abt, he was involved in designing and administering community revitalization, housing, and antipoverty programs at the local and state levels.

Robinson G. Hollister, Jr., is Joseph Wharton Professor of Economics at Swarthmore College. His previous positions include chief of research and plans for the Office of Economic Opportunity, co-principal investigator for the evaluation of the National Supported Work Demonstration, and chair of the Committee on Youth Employment Programs, National Academy of Science.

Sharon Lynn Kagan, senior associate at Yale Universityís Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy, is a frequent consultant to the White House, Congress, the National Governorsí Association, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, and numerous states, foundations, corporations, and professional associations. Presently, she is president-elect of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and co-chair of the National Education Goals Panel on Goal One. She is the author of the recently published Not By Chance, the report of the Quality 2000 Initiative and co-editor of Reinventing Early Care and Education and Children, Families and Government.

Anne C. Kubisch is director of the Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives for Children and Families at the Aspen Institute. Previously, she was deputy director of the Ford Foundationís Urban Poverty Program, where she was responsible for grants supporting comprehensive community initiatives and reforms in human service delivery systems.

Sharon E. Milligan is associate professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change, Case Western Reserve University. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she directs several research projects focusing on health, minorities, and technology for evaluating neighborhood-based initiatives in poor communities.

Susan Philliber is founder and senior partner of Philliber Research Associates, which specializes in the evaluation of human service programs. She has held faculty positions at the University of Utah, the University of Cincinnati, Columbia University, and the State University of New York, College at New Paltz, and has published extensively.

Ronald Register is executive director of the Cleveland Community-Building Initiative and chairman of the executive committee of the National Community Building Network, a national membership organization of practitioners, funders, policymakers, and evaluators.

Peter J. York, a research officer at the Center for Assessment and PolicyDevelopment in Philadelphia, is currently a doctoral candidate at Case Western Reserve Universityís Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.


The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives

Harold Richman (Co-Chair)
Director
Chapin Hall Center for Children
University of Chicago

Lisbeth B. Schorr (Co-Chair)
Lecturer in Social Medicine
Director, Project on Effective Interventions
Harvard University

Michael Bailin
President
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

Douglas Besharov
Resident Scholar
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

Angela Blackwell
Senior Vice President
Rockefeller Foundation

Barbara B. Blum
Senior Fellow in Child and Family Policy
National Center for Children in Poverty

Geraldine Brookins
Vice President ó Programs
W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Geoffrey Canada
Executive Director
Rheedlen Centers for Families and Children

Peter Edelman
Professor of Law
Georgetown University Law Center

John W. Gardner
Haas Professor of Public Service
Stanford University

Sid Gardner
DirectorCenter for Collaboration for Children
California State University, Fullerton

Stephen Goldsmith
Mayor
City of Indianapolis

Patricia Graham
President
Spencer Foundation

Ralph Hamilton
Director of Florida Philanthropy
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Ruby Hearn
Senior Vice President
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

David Hornbeck
Superintendent
School District of Philadelphia

Craig Howard
Program Officer
James Irvine Foundation

Otis Johnson
Executive Director
Chatham-Savannah Youth Future Authority

Anne C. Kubisch
Director
Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives
Aspen Institute

Jack Litzenberg
Program Officer
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Susan Lloyd
Director
Building Community Capacity
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Anita Miller
Program Director
Comprehensive Community Revitalization Program
Surdna Foundation

William A. Morrill
President
Mathtech, Inc.

Ralph Smith
Vice President
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Terry Peterson
Counselor to the Secretary
U.S. Department of Education

Ronald Register
Executive Director
Cleveland Community-Building Initiative

Julius B. Richmond
Department of Social Medicine
Harvard University

Michael Stegman
Macrae Professor of Public Policy
University of North Carolina

Gary Walker
President
Public/Private Ventures


Roundtable Steering Committee on Evaluation

J. Lawrence Aber
Director
National Center for Children in Poverty
Columbia University

Prudence Brown
Research Fellow
Chapin Hall Center for Children
University of Chicago

Philip L. Clay
Associate Provost
Professor of City Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

James P. Connell
President
Institute for Research and Reform in Education

Claudia Coulton
Co-Director
Center for Urban Poverty and Social Change
Case Western Reserve University

Karen Fulbright-Anderson
Research Fellow
Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives
Aspen Institute

Robert Granger
Senior Vice President
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation

Robinson G. Hollister, Jr.
Joseph Wharton Professor of Economics
Swarthmore College

Langley Keyes
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anne C. Kubisch
DirectorRoundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives
Aspen Institute

Joyce Lashof
Dean Emerita
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley

Ronald Register
Executive Director
Cleveland Community-Building Initiative

Harold Richman
Director
Chapin Hall Center for Children
University of Chicago

Lisbeth B. Schorr
Lecturer in Social Medicine
Director, Project on Effective Interventions
Harvard University

Mercer Sullivan
Senior Research Fellow
Vera Institute of Justice

Gary Walker
President
Public/Private Ventures

Carol Weiss
Professor Graduate School of Education
Harvard University

Heather Weiss
Director, Harvard Family Research Project
Graduate School of Education
Harvard University


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