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In March 2021, after the grand opening of our NorthStar Family Resource Center (NSFRC), we started collecting survey data as part of our evaluation. Our Community Research Coordinators enroll Resource Center patrons in our outcome evaluation, which involves completing a series of survey instruments (the Family Resource Scale, the Perceived Stress Scale, the Strengths and Difficulties Scale and the Protective Factors Survey).  These instruments are completed by patrons upon their enrollment into the evaluation and follow ups are completed every six months.  As part of this outcome evaluation, child safety and family well- being measures are collected through secondary data as well.  The outcome evaluation seeks to answer the following questions:

  1. Is there any increase in the formal and informal resources and supports utilized by individuals and families that participated in services provided by project RCs?
  2. Is there a statistically significant decrease in the amount of stress (when such was a concern) experienced by parents in families that utilize services provided by project RCs?
  3. Among children and youth utilizing services linked to the Social and Emotional Competence protective factor, is there a reduction in social, behavioral, and emotional symptomology (when such was a concern) as reported by their parent/caregiver and youth?
  4. Is there significant improvement in the protective factors associated with family functioning/resiliency, nurturing and attachment, social supports, caregiver/practitioner relationship, and concrete supports among families that utilize services provided by project RCs?

Simultaneously, a process evaluation is being conducted, which includes an ongoing review of our day-to-day operations at the Resource Centers.  This process evaluation involves key informant interviews, focus groups and ongoing assessment of our data, service array, and network of community collaborators.  A highlight of our Process Evaluation is the Strengthening Families Self- Assessment Tool for Community Based Programs, which is administered to a team of staff and parents/caregivers who have participated in services at the RCs (our Community Ambassadors) and Community Partners.  This process is helping us to identify the extent to which RC activities, processes, and functions are aligned with each protective factor.

Please visit our Refinement page for more information regarding the Strengthening Families Self-Assessment Process.


Information regarding out Resource Center’s profile of services and supports, as well as information regarding our provider array, can be found at the links below.

Service Provider Array Report

SWAG Resource Center Service Profile

Library Partnership Resource Center Service Profile

Cone Park Library Resource Center Service Profile

NorthStar Resource Center Service Profile


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A hallmark of PSF’s system of care is our belief that child abuse is preventable. We have found that by providing resources and supports to families in need on the front end, many can avoid reaching the crises that lead to formal child welfare involvement functions.

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