Evaluation of programs is central to Overcoming Barriers’ mission.  Starting with the first pilot Family Camp program in 2008 we collected data through pre and post surveys of families and in 2013 we began a collaboration with Dr. Michael Saini to evaluate programs more thoroughly moving forward. (Survey)

Collaboration with Dr. Saini, University of Toronto

Dr. Michael Saini, Associate Professor of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto (visit website) is collaborating with OCB to develop, implement and analyze the evaluation of Overcoming Barriers’ programs.

Presentation at AFCC National Conference

2015: Dr. Saini, Sevil Deljavan, Ph.D. (student), and Dr. Deutsch, presented “An Exploration of Children’s Experiences in the Overcoming Barriers Family Camp” at the 2015  AFCC National Conference in New Orleans.  View or download a PDF of the 2015 OBFC Poster here.

2014: Dr. Saini and Shely Polak Ph.D. (candidate) and Dr. Deutsch presented “An Evaluation Study of the Overcoming Barriers Family Camp at the 2014 AFCC National Conference in Toronto.  View or download a PDF of the 2014 OBFC Poster here.

Family Camp Pilot Program 2008-2010

Overcoming Barriers conducted exit interviews with participants and collected evaluations at the 2008-2010 Family Camp programs.  A detailed description of the components of Family Camp and the results of the first three years of surveys were written up by Drs. Deutsch, Sullivan and Ward and published in the Family Court Review in 2010 (click here to view an excerpt of this article).