NNPS tools and services assist schools and district leaders to evaluate the quality and progress of schools’ programs of family and community involvement.
There are "built-in" evaluation tools in the NNPS manual (See Chapter 9 in School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action). These tools help schools plan their programs and assess the quality of their efforts, teamwork, programs, and practices.
There also are annual UPDATE surveys that all members of NNPS must return to NNPS to monitor progress and to renew membership for the next school year.
NNPS also offers general questionnaires (see Surveys and Summaries) for parents, students, and teachers to obtain information about attitudes toward school, family, and community partnerships, current experiences, and expectations for improving family and community involvement.
The Handbook includes tools and guidelines to measure the development and quality of programs and practices of school, family, and community partnerships.
Schools begin with Starting Points, an inventory of present practices of family and community involvement. See Chapter 5 in the Handbook.
Then, the Measure of School, Family, and Community Partnerships may be used annually to assess progress in implementing activities for the six types of involvement. See Chapter 9 in the Handbook.
Annual Evaluation of Activities helps the Action Team for Partnerships assess the quality of each activity that is implemented. This tool should be used throughout the year, as each activity occurs. See Chapter 9 in the Handbook.
Annual Review of Team Processes helps schools assess how well the ATP is working together as a team. The review prompts discussions about the quality of interactions and needed improvements in the composition of the team, schedule and content of team meetings, effectiveness of committees, extent of shared leadership, and progress on program implementation. See Chapter 3 in the Handbook.
The "built-in" evaluations help a school's Action Team for Partnerships document progress, discuss program strengths and weaknesses, and improve the next One-Year Action Plan for Partnerships.
District facilitators for partnerships should collect all schools' One-Year Action Plans and End-of-Year Evaluations to keep track of schools' plans and programs, and to help each school improve its work from year to year.
NNPS helps schools, districts, and states assess their progress in program development with annual UPDATE surveys. UPDATE includes scales and measures of eight "essential elements" that have been shown in NNPS research to contribute to improving the quality of partnership programs: leadership, teamwork, action plans, implementation, funding, collegial support, evaluation, and networking. NNPS analyzes UPDATE data and reports results each year in presentations and publications to add new knowledge about partnership program development to the literature on family and community involvement. The UPDATE data tell whether there really is a partnership program "there” and whether it is improving from year to year.