ACF Youth Demonstration Development Project, 2009-2013

Project Overview

OPRE launched the Youth Demonstration Development Project (YDD) in 2009 to systematically review the current field of research on youth development and successful transition to adulthood. The primary objective of YDD, conducted for OPRE by Mathematica Policy Research and its partner, Chapin Hall Center for Children, was to develop a conceptual framework that could be applied to existing or new ACF programs to improve the well-being of at-risk youth and increase their ability to become self-sufficient adults and avoid long-term reliance on public assistance. These frameworks will inform ACF’s decisions about possible demonstrations and evaluations of innovative approaches to improving outcomes among youth at risk of not achieving self-sufficiency.

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