Evaluating Systems of Care: National Evaluation

For systems of care to be effective and maintain high standards of service, they must consistently evaluate their efforts. All systems of care should examine other services nationally to establish benchmarks and evaluate themselves. Studying other services may reveal something they did not know that can influence their methodology and steer it towards a more effective approach.

Featured Publication

National Evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2008)

Describes the system of care evaluation activities and identifies the members and roles of the national evaluation team.

Publications

Annual Report to Congress on the Evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program

SAMHSA, Center for Mental Health Services (1997-2003)

Presents the evaluation data collected on funded system of care communities as prepared for SAMHSA’s annual reports to the U.S. Congress.

Using Evaluation Data to Manage, Improve, Market and Sustain Children’s Services (PDF)

Center for Effective Collaboration and Practices (2000)

Describes promising practices in the use of evaluation data in system of care sites that have been successful in going beyond their funding obligations to become true data-driven systems.

The National Evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services Program for Children and their Families Program. A Commentary (By Request)

Friedman, R. M. & Hernandez, M., Children’s Services: Social Policy, Research, and Practice (2002).

Discusses the evaluation and development of systems of care by identifying issues and themes.

Overview of the National Evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (By Request)

Holden, E. W., R. M. Friedman, and R. L. Santiago, Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (2001)

Provides an overview of the methodology and status of the national evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program.

Presentations

Making It Last: The Marriage of Social Marketing and Evaluation (PowerPoint)

Porter, D., Rubenstein, L., Sczersputowski, J., and Tucker, T. (2007). Webinar presented for the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health, Washington, DC.

Overview of the differences between social marketers and evaluators and how they can cooperate, including examples.

Links to Related Web Sites

Children's Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) Digital Library

National Evaluation Team

This searchable database houses national and local evaluation articles, reports, presentations, and training and technical assistance materials, as well as social marketing materials. Materials were developed by the National Evaluation Team and by local system of care communities and program partners.