A Model For Short-Term Process/Cost Analysis Within The Context Of A Long-Term Evaluation Of Family Support Programs

The purpose of this paper is to present a model of the first component of a complex outcome evaluation which was designed to provide short-term process and cost information to management of a Canadian child welfare agency regarding family support prevention programs. Nine family support programs, developed to prevent admission of children to care, were the focus of this study. Data on the programs' 549 clients and 35 workers were collected by means of a time budget study which used daily time sheets filled out by workers.