The funders of OPEC partnered with Oregon State University (OSU) to develop a systematic approach to support the initiative through evaluation, professional development, and technical assistance.
OSU approaches the evaluation strategy of the OPEC initiative from a number of perspectives: a knowledge-focused perspective that utilizes results to inform development, a process-focused perspective that examines day-to-day operations and participant experiences to support program improvement, and a participatory-focused perspective that evaluates the experience of intended users and stakeholders.
OSU has developed tools specific to the OPEC initiative which allow for the collection of common outcomes across programming efforts. These tools include the Parenting Skills Ladder and Parent Workshop Evaluation. Evaluation efforts are facilitated through use of the OSU developed online reporting system, which allows grantees to maintain an interactive role in the evaluation process. Benefits of the online reporting system include the ability for site coordinators/staff to enter, edit and view project data within the reporting system. In addition to the online reporting system, OSU collects data through interviews, focus groups, and surveys. The evaluation process lays a measurable foundation for the continued development of the initiative.
If you are interested in learning more about the outcomes and results of the OPEC initiative and evaluation, there are many reports available for download.
Year 1 (2010-2011): Evaluation Report and Executive Summary
Year 2 (2011-2012): Evaluation Report and Executive Summary
Year 3 (2012-2013): Evaluation Report and Executive Summary
Year 4 (2013-2014): Evaluation Report and Executive Summary
Year 5 (2014-2015): Evaluation Report and Executive Summary
Year 6 (2015-2016): Evaluation Report and Executive Summary
Years 1-6 (2010-2016): Cumulative Summary
OPEC can report the following for the initiative:
- Parents reported significant improvements in parenting skills and child behavior.
- Fifteen parenting Hubs are reaching 29 of 36 Oregon counties, as well as Siskiyou County, California. Many of these Hubs are providing parenting education programs to previously under-served populations.
- 6,961 parents attended 786 evidence-based class series funded by OPEC.
- 6,057 new families were reached with home visits.
- More than 398,000 family members participated in parenting education activities.
- Grantees leveraged more than $17.2 million in new funding or in-kind contributions.
- Nine organizations receiving programming grants are expanding partnerships with healthcare providers.