Teacher and child explore in the Early Learning Center

Child Development Watch Survey

Ximena Uribe-Zarain, DERDC Project Director

Funders: Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Interagency Resource Management Committee

Child Development Watch (CDW) is a state program designed to enhance the development of infants and toddlers who have disabilities or are at risk for developing disabilities as well as their families. CDW is part of a multi-agency program, Delaware’s Birth to Three Early Intervention System, that provides comprehensive services to families. The goal of each CDW activity is to ensure that children are identified, located, evaluated for eligibility, and referred to the appropriate agency. DERDC is conducting a survey to find out attitudes towards the program and to measure families’ satisfaction. We aim to reach each of the approximately 600 families with children participating in the program. To collect the data, we mail a paper copy of the survey to each family, provide an online link to the survey, and call families to follow up. We have a response rate of about 40%.


Staci Perlman, DERDC Project Director, Sara Shaw, Project Staff

This two year planning project with the Philadelphia Department of Human Services is focused on addressing the social-emotional competencies and well-being of young child welfare-involved children through increased access to early childhood education and early intervention. The project is driven by an advisory council comprised of early childhood and child welfare professional from around the city of Philadelphia.

DERDC is conducting a needs assessment of community stakeholders and evaluating the existing DHS processes for addressing the needs of young children. These activities include focus groups with parents/caregivers, surveys of DHS and contracted service providers, assessment of trauma-informed trainings and qualitative/quantitative analyses of existing DHS data. At the completion of the grant, we will work with Philadelphia DHS to evaluate the scope of strategies that have been implemented to increase enrollment of young children in early childhood education/early intervention.


Staci Perlman, DERDC Project Director, Sara Shaw, Project Staff

This two year planning project is focused on addressing the needs of youth aging out of foster care who are at risk of homelessness. The project is driven by a planning group comprised of professionals serving youth from around the city of Philadelphia.

DERDC is conducting a needs assessment of community stakeholders and evaluating existing processes for meeting the needs of youth aging out of foster care. Activities have included surveys of stajeholders about the types of services that are already in place and what is needed, evaluation of the existing quality improvement process for addressing the needs of youth involved with the child welfare system, and implementation of a readiness to implement evidence-based practices.

 Evaluation of Sustaining Places

Joan Buttram, DERDC Project Director, Hilary Mead & Rachel Salinger, Project Staff

Funder: Institute for Museum and Library Services for 21st Century Museum Professionals Program

Sustaining Places is a collaboration between the University of Delaware’s Museum Studies Program and the Tri-State Coalition of Historic Places. The purpose of the program is two-fold: 1) To help small and medium-sized historic sites and not-for-profit historical organizations in the tri-state area enhance their organization capacity through opportunities for training, access to digital and material resources and collaborative, project-based work; and 2) To provide students of the Museum Studies Program at the University of Delaware with professional skills, hands-on projects and other training opportunities in real world settings. The program provides workshops for paid and unpaid staff at small historical organizations to develop new skills in collections management and site housekeeping, new media and social media, and volunteer programs. The evaluation includes both process (implementation) and outcome components. Process evaluation will include collecting data about the implementation of the program, including website views, number of workshops held and end of workshop satisfaction surveys. In addition, graduate assistants and students who developed materials for the project will be interviewed about their experiences, professional skills gained and community contacts made through their involvement with the program. Outcome evaluation will include examining workshop participants’ level of knowledge and skills in the workshop target area (through the use of pre and post-workshop surveys) and workshop participants’ use of workshop content at their site (through the use of interviews with workshop participants).

Evaluation of the Development of a Food Safety Education Game

Joan Buttram, DERDC Project Director, Ximena Uribe-Zarain, DERDC Project Staff

Funder: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture

DERDC is currently conducting an evaluation of University of Delaware’s development of an on-line game for post-secondary food safety education awarded to UD’s College of Agriculture & Natural Resources and to New Mexico State University. The main objective of the project is the development of a game for teaching several concepts about the risk of transmission of foodborne illness and the complexity of the food supply system. Utilization, analysis, and assessment will occur over the next 1.5 years. We anticipate 600 student participants and five faculty members across several collaborating institutions. The evaluation will include a gamer survey embedded in the game and an educator survey to assess its instructional use.