The Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC), in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education – Office of Great Start (MDE-OGS), has awarded Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge funds to Public Policy Associates, Inc (PPA) and iEval to complete a Great Start Collaborative and Great Start Parent Coalition evaluation. The evaluation will launch in June of 2017 and will conclude by December 31, 2018.
PPA/iEval will design, plan and implement an evaluation focused on the progress made by Michigan’s Great Start Collaboratives and Great Start Parent Coalitions. Michigan has 54 Great Start Collaboratives and 61 Great Start Parent Coalitions that are leading efforts to improve system conditions in all 83 counties across the state focused on four Michigan early childhood outcomes:
- Children are born healthy.
- Children are healthy, thriving, and developmentally on track from birth to third grade.
- Children are developmentally ready to succeed in school at time of school entry.
- Children are prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
The overall goal of the Great Start Collaboratives and Great Start Parent Coalitions is to ensure the coordination and expansion of local early childhood infrastructure and programs that allow every child in the community to achieve Michigan’s four early childhood outcomes. To guide their efforts, each Great Start Collaborative and Great Start Parent Coalition jointly develop a three-year strategic plan, which includes an annual Action Agenda.
The evaluation will address the following questions:
- What defines “success” within GSCs and GSPCs? What defines a “comprehensive early childhood system?”
- What progress has been made in implementing a comprehensive early childhood system working toward Michigan’s four early childhood outcomes via:
- Each Great Start Collaborative and Great Start Parent Coalition(s) partnership;
- Individual Great Start Collaboratives;
- Individual Great Start Parent Coalitions; and
- Great Start Collaboratives and Great Start Parent Coalitions collectively statewide.
- What system benefits have the Great Start Collaboratives and Parent Coalitions produced?
- What approaches are/or have enabled success for accomplishing the strategic plan priorities of the Great Start Collaboratives and Parent Coalitions?
- What conditions need to exist for Great Start Collaboratives to occupy and achieve a true leadership role for early childhood in a community?
- How has the environment and context within which the Great Start Collaboratives and Parent Coalitions have had to operate enabled more or less success (e.g. staffing levels, funding, fiduciary, value regarding parent leadership and voice, engaging local partners, etc.)? What are the local conditions that support or impede Great Start Collaborative and Parent Coalition work?
A final evaluation report will be completed in December 2018 and used to guide future Great Start Collaborative and Great Start Parent Coalition efforts. Questions about the evaluation process should be directed to Alissa Parks, Senior Technical Assistance Consultant at email@example.com.