The Indiana State Maternal & Child Health Early Childhood Comprehensive System (ECCS) was conceived as an initiative to engage state agencies, community partners and families of young children to develop a coordinated, comprehensive, community-based system of services for young children from birth to age six. The
creation of this system is designed to eliminate duplicated efforts to provide services to young children and their families while ensuring these efforts are applied universally across the state. Overall, this initiative is intended to support ease of access to needed services, increase the utilization of appropriate services, and ensure that a holistic system of care supports young children and their families.
This report outlines the methods the evaluation team will use to evaluate this initiative. This project began in July of 2006 and is scheduled to be completed on August 31, 2007. Due to the time period in which this project will be completed, this evaluation is formative in design. The central foci of the evaluation will be on benchmarking and assessing the implementation of the ECCS project as well a provide early outcomes to the extent that data permit.