Family Engagement Impact Project (FEIP): Phase II Evaluation Report. Final Report.
Peterson, Dana. Shoji, Megan. Dunn, Adam. Nicolai, Natasha.
Mathematica Policy Research.
xvii, 72 p.
Published: October 2016
Mathematica Policy Research
PO Box 2393
Princeton, NJ 08543-2393
Sponsoring Organization: Heising-Simons Foundation.
This report documents and evaluates grantees’ experiences and short-term outcomes during the implementation phase of the Family Engagement Impact Project (FEIP). The purpose of the FEIP, funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation in 2013, is to offer new ways to build the capacity of parents and professionals for family engagement and to promote positive educational outcomes for low-income immigrant children from birth through age 8 in California’s San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The report also presents recommendations for other funders, communities, and organizations interested in leveraging public-private partnerships in support of family engagement as a strategy to improve children’s educational success. The study found improvements in parent-, professional-, and system-level outcomes. These include improvements in parents’ knowledge and attitudes about family engagement and their uptake of family engagement supports; professionals’ knowledge and skills related to family engagement practice; and interagency collaboration and organizational capacity to support family engagement. The study also yielded formative findings related to the viability of leveraging of public-private partnerships in support family engagement. These include the importance of allowing sufficient time when moving from planning to implementation; investing in the maintenance of strong partnerships; attending to the difficulties of engaging traditionally hard-to-reach families; emphasizing supports professionals need, especially teachers and schools, to foster family engagement; supporting quality implementation of evidence-based models; and sustaining a long-term vision for improvement in children’s educational outcomes. 13 tables, 8 figures, and 15 references. (Author abstract modified)
California; promising practices; capacity building; low income families; children of immigrants; school linked services; academic achievement; early childhood education; community partnerships; private sector; parent education; interagency collaboration; evidence based practice; family engagement; family centered services