The evaluation strategy has been developed based on the core mission and values of Overcoming Barriers in assisting families where a child is resisting contact with one parent. Key evaluation questions have been developed to assist in monitoring and evaluating the impact of the program and expansion of services, including, but not limited to:
- Relevance: Are Overcoming Barriers programs relevant to the stakeholders involved in family disputes (judges, lawyers, mental health professionals, children, parents, etc.)?
- Program Implementation: How have these programs been implemented with reference to the original objectives?
- Program Administration and Operation: Are the services offered administered and operated satisfactorily from the viewpoint of clients and stakeholders?
- Impact: What impact have the programs had on the families and stakeholders engaged in family court matters?
- Sustainability and Expansion: Are Overcoming Barriers programs adequately designed to support the development of new and expanding services as required?
- Costs and Productivity: What are the costs of delivering the services and is there any evidence that the services are cost effective for families involved in family courts.
The development and implementation of the evaluation meets the urgent need to ensure that services offered to families involved in family courts are based on evidence-informed principles and guided by quality assurance for providing both efficient and effective services to help families resolve their disputes.