Annie E. Casey Foundation
Through the Center for Evaluation Innovation, RK Evaluation & Strategies led an effort to conduct an initial evaluation of SPARC, a project designed to help state child welfare advocates make an even bigger policy impact and improve outcomes for children and families. Together with SPARC leaders, the evaluation team created a theory of change for the initiative and learning questions related to field building, as well as identified outcomes and indicators of progress. We conducted interviews with national child policy thought leaders, state child welfare experts, and state advocates, as well as other research. We also assisted CEI in developing a portfolio-level evaluation framework for the Annie E. Casey Foundation‘s Center for Effective Family Services and Systems.