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Results of the Front Porch Project are systematically documented and analyzed to determine the extent to which the project is making a difference for participants, as well as for the children and families who are impacted by the actions of the participants in the local community. To this end, the local sustainer organizations and American Humane Association collect and analyze data measuring change in the knowledge, beliefs, attitudes and behavior of participants from each community, and across all Front Porch Project communities. With this approach, the Front Porch Project is built to last, impacting the lives of thousands of children and families and becoming an avenue for lasting change in how community members interact with one another.

One of the key components of the Front Porch Project evaluation plan is the cross-site evaluation component, managed by American Humane Association. Through the cross-site evaluation, local sites can compare their community’s evaluation data to the data of other sites implementing the project. In addition, this level of evaluation provides American Humane Association with the necessary data to promote the effectiveness of the Front Porch Project as a national child abuse and neglect prevention initiative. Key elements of the evaluation plan of the Front Porch Project include:

  • Community Training participant evaluations, completed by each participant who attends Day 1 and Day 2 of the training;
  • Train-the-Trainer session participant evaluations, completed by each participant who attends this specific training;
  • Action Plan Follow-Up Surveys, completed online or by phone by each Community Training participant six weeks following the completion of training;
  • Six-Month Follow-Up Surveys, completed online or by phone by each Community Training participant six months following the completion of training;
  • Twelve-Month Follow-Up Focus Groups, coordinated by the local sites and completed in person by Community Training participants 12 months following the completion of training.

The complete Evaluation Plan provided by American Humane Association to each site explains in detail each element of the evaluation process, including the purpose of data collection, the type of data collected, the step-by-step process for collecting the data, and the roles of the local site and American Humane Association in completing the evaluation of the project. American Humane Association provides quarterly site-specific data summaries to all local sites, for internal use or use in the preparation of reports to funders.

The 2011 cross-site evaluation data report (PDF) signifies the second annual compilation and comparison of data across all active Front Porch Project sites during that year: Devereux Kids, Florida; The Parent Child Center of Tulsa (PCCT), Oklahoma; the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Family Support and Prevention Service; and the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance. The data included in this analysis reflects data submitted electronically to American Humane Association by each site between June 1, 2009, and September 22, 2011, through the established reporting structure. A few key findings are highlighted below.

Percentage of participants who rated their overall feelings and thoughts as a result of completing the Community Training (N=310).

This graph shows that the majority of participants who have completed the Community Training will be more mindful of how families interact in public (93%), more strongly believe they should play a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect (94%), and have a greater understanding of their community responsibility in protecting children and supporting families (94%).

Percentage of participants who rated their level of intervention BEFORE and AFTER the Community Training (N=359).

Nearly all participants (92%) self-reported that they are likely to intervene much more frequently (very often, often, or sometimes) in concerning situations involving children and families after completing the Community Training than they did before.

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