Introducing Your Strengthening Families Portal
Mosaic Network is excited to announce our collaborative customization of the Strengthening Families Evaluation Portal. First launched in 2014, the Evaluation Portal was developed in conjunction with CSSP's introduction of four new program self-assessments. This comprehensive online system will enable you to collect and analyze Protective Factors evaluation data, access an online resource library, and facilitate your efforts to integrate the Strengthening Families Framework into QRIS as well as your communities.
Tools for Programs, National & State Initiatives, and Evaluators
Tools for Programs
Our evaluation portal includes a number of tools to help programs to assess their existing practice in the Strengthening Families programs areas and identify small but significant changes they can make to enhance their ability to build protective factors. As a program level user you will be able to enter assessments and run reports for your specific program.
Program Self-Assessments—guided surveys that outline practices used by exemplary programs to support families, organized around the following five protective factors: Parental Resilience; Social Connections; Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development; Concrete Support in Times of Need; and Social and Emotional Competence of Children.
Protective Factors Survey—developed by the FRIENDS National Resource Center, this survey measures changes in parental protective factors using a pre-post methodology. The evaluation portal supports programs in the confidential administration of the Protective Factors Survey.
Staff Survey—developed through a collective effort of seven Strengthening Families states, this tool uses an embedded pre/post design to measure changes in staff attitudes, behavior and skills.
Integrated Action Planning—implement the Strengthening Families framework in alignment with QRIS ratings
Reporting—manageable results and data exports
Tools for National and State Initiatives
As a Strengthening Families National Member (SFNM) or an agency that wants their programs to use the system as part of state or national initiatives such as QRIS, Child Welfare, or Parents as Teachers, the evaluation portal provides the administrative agency access to complete the program self-assessments and the related surveys. Reports are available in aggregate form, and for each program user
Grouping Programs— The SFEP provides the ability to group programs into multiple groupings (i.e., all programs in a state, participating in state/local initiative). It allows admin users the ability to organize and manage the PSAs and the results across all of their participating programs
Aggregate Reports—The SFEP provides an array of powerful reports across for initiative leaders to allow them to view their results across all participating programs. Reports have built in filters and further customization options are available to get the desired information
Tools for Evaluators
If you are a user looking for additional package offerings for more customized reporting, data integration and exports, SFEP provides access to many custom services for your agency’s data and reporting needs
Expert Consultation—In addition to access to SFEP, Mosaic provides expert consulting to align QRIS parent engagement component with the Protective Factors framework. This includes services for evaluation planning, research and creating plan design at the organization level. Also included are services relating to selection of evidence-based data collection procedures and assessment tools
Data Exports—SFEP allows researchers and data analyzers to export non-confidential raw data to perform further custom analysis and reporting
Reports and Publications
Please browse our selection of research papers, presentations and white papers to learn more about our work with Strengthening Families and Continuous Quality Improvement.
National SF Data Analysis
This paper analyses data from the Strengthening Families national database that includes the program self- assessment (PSA), staff survey, and the protective factors survey (PFA). The data shows how programs rate across the seven strategies with best practices to support children and families, and staff understanding of the framework, practice and professional development needs. Parent resiliency and areas where additional program supports may be warranted are provided. The authors offer insights and recommendations on how to better use the Strengthening Families tools to inform practice and resource allocation.
Turning Paper Into Platforms
This paper provides guidance for states that are moving from a paper-based Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) to a technology-based platform. Interviews were conducted with state leaders that had implemented a data system for QRIS through various models: building in-house, contracting with a vendor or a hybrid model. Steps to engaging in this work are provided from assessing the state’s internal capacity, engaging stakeholders to launching the system. The authors offer insights and recommendations on how to implement a technology-based Quality Rating Improvement System, and make the experience cost-effective and gain buy-in from all types of system users.