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Measuring Family Outcomes: Considerations for Large-Scale Data Collection in Early Intervention

Bailey, Donald B. Jr, PhD; Hebbeler, Kathleen PhD; Olmsted, Murrey G. PhD; Raspa, Melissa PhD; Bruder, Mary Beth PhD

doi: 10.1097/01.IYC.0000324549.31822.c3

Early-intervention programs for infants and toddlers are increasingly being asked to provide data showing that they are effective. Usually this means proving benefit for children, but here we argue that documenting benefit for families is also important. A recent national effort has led to the identification of 5 desired outcomes for families whose children participate in early-intervention programs. This article discusses issues and considerations in documenting family outcomes in the context of large-scale assessments involving many families and describes the initial development of a survey instrument that could be useful in such efforts.

RTI International, North Carolina (Drs Bailey, Olmsted, and Raspa); SRI International, California (Dr Hebbeler); Health Sciences Center, University of Connecticut (Dr Bruder).

Corresponding Author: Donald B. Bailey Jr, PhD, RTI International, 3040 Cornwallis Blvd, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 (

The contents of this article were developed under a cooperative agreement (#H324L030002) to SRI International from the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education. However, the content does not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education and one should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

©2008Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.