Program Evaluation

​The First 5 Sacramento Commission uses a multifaceted and comprehensive approach in the evaluation of its programs and services. All components of the evaluation have been designed to best demonstrate the impacts of First 5 Sacramento Commission’s funding. The Commission uses collected data to inform short-term decision making while findings from the evaluation are used to formulate long-term funding strategies.

Commission Contact: Carmen Garcia-Gomez, (916) 876-5869

Fund​ed Partners

Evaluation of Commission​ Programs

Applied Survey Research (ASR) a nonprofit social research firm that uses Results Based Accountability (RBA) framework to identify relevant evidence-based outcomes and strategies towards collective wisdom. 
Contact Person: Li​sa Colvig​​, Vice President of Evaluation, (408) 247-8319

Evaluation Committee 

The Committee meets every other month to develop policy recommendations to the Commission evaluation issues and oversees the evaluation design.

Evaluation R​esults

Findings in the community, areas of interest, and other useful resources:

  • Evaluation Report.  First 5 Sacramento invested more than $22.1 million in FY 2019-20. This report highlights the services and evaluation outcomes of our funded programs throughout 10 result areas. An Executive Summary​  is also available, April 2021. 

  • The Red​​uction of African American Child Deaths Evaluation Report, FY 2019-20​ provides a summary of First 5 Sacramento's efforts during Fiscal Year 2019-20. An Executive Summary is also available​.​

  • Two special studies focusing on Family Engagement and Developmental Screenings were conducted in the spring of 2020.  These two programs are implemented through the school readiness initiative at 9 school districts.  The studies will be used to inform standardization of practices across school districts, whenever possible. 
  • The Birth and Beyond Program Evaluation Report​ for Fiscal Year 2018-19 represents program operations, participant characteristics and outcomes for programs carried out by the Family Support Collaborative.   ​
  • Developmental Playgroup Formative Evaluation 2019. The purpose of this evaluation was to gather formative data about the programmatic elements in use across First 5 Sacramento’s playgroups to guide quality improvement. Specifically, the evaluation gathered data regarding four main dimensions: curriculum, classroom environment, schedule, and staffing/infrastructure.​

  • Evaluation Report, 2018-19  First 5 Sacramento invested over $20 million during FY 2018-19. This report highlights the services and evaluation outcomes of our funded programs throughout 10 result areas. An Executive Summary is also available.​

Report A​rchives