First 5 Butte County is committed to evaluating its funded programs.

Evaluation efforts reflect an ongoing commitment to ensure local accountability, document program quality and effectiveness, and measure progress towards outcomes. Each funded program is diverse in terms of interventions and outcomes; therefore evaluation plans are unique to each program. The Strategic Plan and Evaluation Committee (SPEC), a standing committee of the Commission, provides ongoing review and oversight of the programs’ evaluation, keeping the Commission updated and informed.

In some circumstances the Commission contracts with an outside evaluator in order to gain information to make the best possible funding decisions, such is the case with the Kindergarten Teachers Survey. In other circumstances the extent of the Commission’s investment may warrant evaluation by outside evaluators as in the case of the Butte Baby Steps program and the Strengthening Families Initiative.