Document Type



American Evaluation Association

Conference Title

Meeting of the American Evaluation Association

City and State

Minneapolis, MN

Publication Date



A formative evaluation of a state sponsored child abuse prevention program that focuses on first time mothers who are past their 29th week of pregnancy. The goals of the program are to improve the primary caregiver’s health, improve the health and development of the child, to enhance family functioning and stability, to teach positive parenting techniques, and to teach safety practices to all family members. The purpose of this evaluation is to identify variables that differentiate clients who complete the program from those who do not continue in the program past the child’s third birthday. A predictive discriminant analysis was used to analyze archival data for trends regarding reasons for leaving the program early and to develop a model for future prediction. Predictive models can then be applied to identify future clients’ propensity to complete the program and make appropriate changes in program implementation to encourage long-term program involvement.