Building Capacity to Evaluate Interventions for Youth/Young Adults with Child Welfare Involvement At-Risk of Homelessness (YARH), 2013-2024

Project Overview

Phase I

Phase I of this project provides evaluation-related technical assistance to organizations awarded planning grants for the development of interventions for youth with child welfare involvement who are most likely to experience homelessness. Key project tasks include providing technical assistance on use of data required to inform planning activities and on the development of evaluation plans; conducting evaluability assessments; and conducting a process evaluation of grantees’ planning processes and outcomes.

Phase II

Phase II of this project provides evaluation-related support for organizations awarded implementation grants for the further development and testing of interventions for youth with child welfare involvement who are most likely to experience homelessness. Key project tasks include conducting evaluability assessments, providing technical assistance on use of data required to inform implementation and continuous quality improvement activities and on the development of formative evaluation plans; and conducting a process evaluation of grantees’ implementation processes and outcomes.

Phase III

Phase III of YARH will continue to provide important information to the field by supporting organizations from Phase II in evidence-building activities, including providing evaluation-related TA; assessing sites’ readiness for summative evaluation; designing and conducting a federally led evaluation of at least one comprehensive service model, including an implementation study and an impact study; and disseminating knowledge gained through project activities. The evaluation team will work closely with ACF, a broad range of stakeholders, and selected experts so that the TA activities and evaluation will yield timely findings that inform policy and practice.

Key Project Activities:

  • Assess sites’ suitability and preparedness for participating in a summative evaluation and other evidence-building activities, including reviews that examine progress toward performance benchmarks and inform decisions about future expectations and TA for projects.
  • Provide TA designed to help sites participate in summative evaluation or other evidence-building activities. TA includes individualized assistance to YARH sites and peer- or group-based learning on topics relevant to multiple sites.
  • Design and conduct a federally led summative evaluation of at least one intervention implemented by a site.

This work is being conducted through a contract to Mathematica Policy Research.

The point of contact is Mary Mueggenborg.

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