Cross-Site Evaluation of Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health), 2008-2018

Project Overview

OPRE has awarded a contract to Abt Associates to develop and implement a cross-site evaluation of Project LAUNCH (Linking Action for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health). The evaluation is funded through an intra-agency agreement between OPRE and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Project LAUNCH is a new SAMHSA grant program designed to promote the wellness of young children ages birth to 8 years of age by addressing the physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of their development. Project LAUNCH grantees will implement a range of evidence-based public health strategies to support young child wellness. Participating states and tribes will work to improve coordination among child-serving systems, build infrastructure, and improve methods for providing services. The majority of grant funds will be passed from the state and tribal level to an identified locality where the grant will support the enhancement and integration of services in addition to system coordination and development.

In order to model the cooperation it requires from grantees, SAMHSA is working in partnership with other agencies in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to guide the development of the initiative and integrate Project LAUNCH with other federal programs. This partnership includes HHS’ Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Resources and Services Administration.

The cross-site evaluation is designed to capture national as well as site-based data on program indicators and outcomes, including the effectiveness of collaboration and coordination between State, Territorial, tribal and locally based service networks in increasing access to evidence based promotion and prevention programs for young child wellness.

The point of contact is Laura Hoard.

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