Countywide Evaluation of the Long-Term Family Self-Sufficiency Plan: Countywide Evaluation Report

By Elaine Reardon; Robert F. Schoeni et al. | Go to book overview

6.
ASSESSMENT OF THE LTFSS PLAN FRAMEWORK

INTRODUCTION

The LTFSS Plan has three stages: planning, implementation, and evaluation. Within these three stages, the RBDM Framework plays an integral role in planning and evaluation. (See Friedman, 2001.) In this chapter, we assess the utility of the RBDM Framework in terms of the planning component of the Plan and the effect of the resulting Plan on implementation. The RBDM Framework is a planning tool that emphasizes collaboration and partnerships, and does not provide guidance on implementation. Our discussion of implementation will therefore refer to the LTFSS Plan, and not to the RBDM Framework. In the next chapter, we assess the utility of the RBDM Framework for the evaluation component of the Plan.

The material in this chapter is drawn from Davis et al. (2001); readers are referred to that document for a more detailed discussion. That document also includes a more in depth discussion of the RBDM Framework. A complete presentation of the RBDM Framework can be found on the website of the Fiscal Policy Studies Institute. As was described in the last chapter, the research is based on RAND interviews with Plan participants as well as on an analysis of supporting materials (Board letters, training material, etc.) and the relevant research literature.


OVERVIEW OF GENERAL ISSUES

We begin our assessment of the utility of the RBDM Framework and the implementation of the LTFSS Plan with an overview of the general issues.


Background: The County and the Framework

In the County, as in most governments, planning and budgeting have traditionally had two features. First, planning occurs within limited domains. To deliver services, governments are organized into functional departments. This organizational structure, necessary for providing services, has the unintended and unfortunate effect of encouraging narrow planning within the individual organizations while discouraging coordinated planning across multiple

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Preface iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables ix
  • Figures xi
  • Executive Summary xiii
  • Acknowledgments xxv
  • Acronyms xxvii
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - What's at Stake 5
  • 3 - Result and Outcomes 11
  • 4 - Baseline Data and the Story Behind the Baselines 15
  • 5 - The Projects and Their Partners 39
  • 6 - Assessment of the Ltfss Plan Framework 55
  • 7 - Assessment of the Evaluation Framework 91
  • 8 - Quality Improvement Steps 105
  • Appendix A - Data Sources 109
  • References 139
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