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Evaluating Community Collaborations: A Research Synthesis

April 2000

DHHS, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)

An interagency federal working group is planning a demonstration to address the intersection of domestic violence and child abuse. The demonstration, to be implemented in five communities, will involve the active collaboration between three service systems: the child protection system, the network of domestic violence providers, and the court system. The Lewin Group was hired to prepare a synthesis of issues pertaining to the evaluation of community collaborations. This research synthesis draws on the evaluation literature to identify the major challenges of evaluating collaborations, discuss approaches for addressing them, and suggest implications for the planned evaluation.
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