Exemplary practice: PDF OnlyEarly intervention program evaluation Numbers or narratives?Murray, Ann D. PhDAuthor Information Associate Professor Department of Human Development and Family Studies Kansas State University Manhattan, Kansas Infants & Young Children: April 1992 - Volume 4 - Issue 4 - p 77 Free Abstract Evaluations of early intervention programs can contribute to the process of program planning, program implementation, and the determination of impact. The history of evaluation research has been dominated by the use of a quantitative paradigm. There are, however, both practical and philosophical barriers to conducting quantitative evaluations of Part H (PL 99–457) programs. Qualitative evaluation methods that are based on naturalistic modes of inquiry are more consonant with the family-focused philosophy of these programs. Ultimately, a mix of quantitative and qualitative approaches will best meet the needs of all parties with a vested interest in the evaluation process. ©1992Aspen Publishers, Inc.