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Street Outreach Data Collection Fact Sheet

Published: August 12, 2014
Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY)
Street Outreach Program
fact sheet


The mission of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is to promote safety, stability and well-being for people who have experienced or been exposed to violence, neglect or trauma. FYSB achieves this through supporting programs that provide shelter, community services and prevention education for youth, adults and families.


To better understand the needs of youth served by the Street Outreach Program, FYSB funded 11 grantees at the end of FY10 to participate in a data collection effort in partnership with the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF). During the first year, grantees participated in a planning meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss the data needed and a feasible method for collecting that data. FYSB staff then conducted a literature review of data collection methodologies used with homeless street populations and searched for researchers with expertise in studying homeless youth. In FY12, grantees contracted with the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL) to design the study, work with ACYF on obtaining Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance, and train the 11 grantee agencies in how to implement the data collection. In FY13, grantees conducted personal interviews and focus groups with homeless youth, employing Respondent Driven Sampling and convenience sampling methods. A final report will be available in 2014.

Contact Us

National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth
5515 Security Lane, Suite 800, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Telephone:  (301) 608-8098
Fax:  (301) 587-4352

Email: ncfy@acf.hhs.gov