The evaluation of the Success By 6 partnership in British Columbia was intended to assess and improve capacity to develop locally-supported early childhood development services in BC communities, and to improve the impacts of the SB6-BC program on BC families. The evaluation also sought to uncover and communicate the successes of the SB6-BC partnership model, whereby the Provincial Government, the Credit Unions of British Columbia and the United Way jointly run and fund local initiatives. The evaluation united partners around four ultimate goals for early childhood development. It also demonstrated that the capacity of BC communities to provide locally-navigated early childhood development programs is growing throughout the province, and that families and communities are reporting improvements in their early childhood development programs.
Success By 6 – Early Childhood Development Evaluation – http://www.successby6bc.ca/early-childhood-development
The Early Childhood Development Evaluation project aims to create an integrated evaluation and reporting system for early childhood development programs across BC. It is led by a cross-sectoral group of BC funders and agencies, who each agreed to measure outcomes on the basis of four goal-based criteria. These include measuring the extent to which mothers are healthy and give birth to healthy infants, whether children experience healthy early child development, how parents are empowered to support and nurture their children and the degree to which communities provide support for the development of all children and families. The project provides common tools and reduces duplication in measuring outcomes. The project has found that BC communities are expanding their capacity to provide programs for families, and that families in turn are reporting improvements in their local programming.