The Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) has contracted with Public Policy Associates, Inc. and its partner iEval to conduct an evaluation of Michigan’s Great Start Collaboratives (GSCs) and Great Start Parent Coalitions (GSPCs). PPA and iEval will be designing, planning, and implementing the evaluation using a systems focus and a participatory approach.
The GSCs and GSPCs are focused on efforts to improve early childhood outcomes in all Michigan counties.
PPA’s team is led by Colleen Graber. "We at PPA are excited to be working with iEval, ECIC, and the Office of Great Start, as well as the many members of the Collaboratives and Coalitions on this evaluation,” said Ms. Graber. “A well-functioning system that fosters awareness of the importance of early childhood and moves us toward strong outcomes is critical to our state's long-term future—societally, educationally, and economically."