The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness
From the Field
Is there a resource to help me evaluate the program I’m using for military families or a place where I can go to find how effective a certain program is?
The Department of Defense’s Office of Military Community and Family Policy has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to bring together the resources of the nation’s land grant university system in support of Warfighters and their families. One program that has developed through this partnership is the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Pennsylvania State University. It is an online resource designed to help professionals that focuses on three main objectives:
- Evaluate the evidence behind family support programs. That is, do they accomplish what they are hoping to?
- Help you look for, choose, and implement a program that fits the needs of your community.
- Help you develop an evaluation plan that will increase the amount of evidence behind your program.
The Clearinghouse also provides resources that will:
- Help you develop a needs assessment so you can better understand what your community needs.
- Provide you with web-based training on a specific question or implementation issue.
- Increase your knowledge about different types of evaluation and how it can be used to make informed decisions.
The website includes a list of the programs that the Clearinghouse has evaluated, including a description of each program and its effectiveness rating (from effective, promising, unclear, to ineffective—and why). You can even search by topic, target population, and sector (for example, by community, family, or school). You can see if your program has been evaluated or choose a program that has already been evaluated. Technical assistance specialists are available via live chat, email, or phone to answer your questions.