Source: (2002) American Humane Association Reprint from the 1999 Family Group Decision making National Roundtable Conference Summary of Proceedings.

According to the authors of this paper, family group decision making (FGDM) seeks to resolve family violence by building partnerships within and around families to deal constructively with shared concerns. Partners include family members, community organizations, and public agencies. In turn, FGDM evaluation should serve three purposes: assessment of the extent to which partnerships were formed; assessment of the effectiveness of the partnerships in resolving the concerns; and promotion of constructive partnerships. With all of this in mind, the authors describe the development of evaluation approaches for the FGDM projects in Newfoundland/Labrador (Canada) and in North Carolina (USA). They then build on these experiences to set forth strategies for achieving the three purposes of partnership-building evaluation.