We are the initiative level evaluators for SPARK. We have been working on this project since the fall of 2001 when SPARK began with a planning phase. The purpose of the ILE is to gather and disseminate learning derived from the initiative. We do monitor grantee activities, but the detailed accounting of SPARK outcomes were performed by the PLEs, which you saw in the gallery walk this morning. We are going to organize this presentation around ready kids, schools and communities. We will present for about 45 minutes and end with 30 minutes of Q and A. A few points to make: (1) You cannot tell the SPARK story in a short amount of time. For example, in our report we define what we mean by ready kids, schools, and communities. There are sections about parent engagement and what we call the SPARK partnership model, which we hope explains, in part, how the SPARK partnerships accomplished what they did. (2) As we move from Ready Kids to Ready Schools to Ready Communities, the data become more qualitative (3) At our poster session we will provide you with a form/checklist. You may order any of the publications, annual reports, site visit reports, and survey conducted by the ILE Team.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation SPARK Networking Meeting Battle Creek, Michigan January 28, 2009 Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids Initiative Level Evaluation Results Patrick A. Curtis, Vice President, Walter R. McDonald & Associates Kate Anderson Simons, Consultant, Walter R. McDonald & Associates
Key stakeholders in local communities came together and formed partnerships for the purpose of getting vulnerable children ready for school and schools ready for children. They accomplished this with transition and alignment strategies, with existing resources in the community, and without creating new organizations or bureaucracies.
SPARK Hawaii Children with ECE Compared to Children without ECE and Non-SPARK children Key: 1 = Not Yet; 2 = Beginning; 3 = Sometimes; 4 = Almost Always. I-HSRA Domains SPARK HI with ECE n = 49 SPARK HI without ECE n = 118 Non-SPARK n = 448 Approaches 3.2 3.1 3.0 Literacy 3.2 3.0 2.7 Math 3.3 3.1 2.7 Behavioral 3.4 3.3 3.0 Social / Emotional 3.4 3.3 3.0 Physical Well-Being 3.6 3.5 3.3
Results from an Internet-based survey of SPARK stakeholders were overwhelmingly positive and were interpreted as evidence of partnership implementation, energy and morale.
Grantees were highly successful in building partnerships with traditional stakeholders in ECE and elementary school education, but were less successful with engaging non-traditional stakeholders such as business leaders and the clergy.
The grantees leveraged almost $100 million over the 5 years of SPARK implementation. With an additional $6.8 million of in-kind contributions, the total came to $106.4 million
The grantees reported on more than 23,000 volunteer hours from families and other members of their communities.
Scaling activities were extensive, diverse, and successful, but there was no systematic data collection pertaining to scaling.
READY COMMUNITIES Headlines
All SPARK Grantees Total Resources Leveraged to Date June 2003 through May 2008 Grantee Total Leveraged Funds Total In-Kind Contributions Total Leveraged Resources DC $6,019,000 $158,750 $6,177,750 Florida $53,680,115 $1,475,000 $55,155,115 Georgia $24,993,487 $1,756,322 $26,749,809 Hawaii $2,576,365 $1,634,186 $4,210,551 Mississippi $389,680 $113,888 $503,568 New Mexico $1,207,975 $806,225 $2,014,200 North Carolina $7,194,555 $697,336 $7,891,891 Ohio $3,543,800 $193,963 $3,737,763 Total $99,604,977 $6,835,670 $106,440,647