One of our key values is to be results-driven by evaluating our programs with accountability, identifying effective strategies, and integrating them into our policies and practices. In addition to our work with grantees to regularly monitor program performance, OTIP partners with the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation to assess key questions on program implementation according to ACF's Evaluation Policy.
Current ACF Evaluation Projects
The overall purpose of this project is to support the Children’s Bureau in its efforts to identify and better assist the children and youth served by its programs who are victims of human trafficking or who are at risk of exploitation in the form of human trafficking.
Evaluation of grantee policies, practices, and services – including a focus on access to long-term housing options, substance abuse treatment, and integration of survivor-informed services.
Evaluation of activities, procedures, organization, customer service, and immediate outcomes of the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
Cross-site process evaluations of two cohorts of grantees assisting victims of human trafficking in Salt Lake City; New York City; the metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Multnomah County (Portland), Oregon; six counties in North Dakota as well as Clay County, Minnesota; and Yellowstone County (Billings), Montana.
Access the two reports available from this project:
Evaluation of Trafficking Victim Assistance Program
This program assessment aims to address the following goals:
- Gain in-depth knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the current per capita funding allocation method
- Gain in-depth knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the current regional grant structure
- Determine if efficiencies can be gained through improved coordination of services and/or merger of different federal trafficking programs
- Identify potential alternative funding or grant structure strategies that would address the needs of the target population (i.e., foreign national victims of human trafficking)
Qualitative data (i.e., key informant interviews and focus groups) will be used to address the first, second, and fourth goals of the study. The qualitative component of the assessment will involve (1) key informant interviews with a sample of fiscal year (FY) 2016 TVAP grantees and subrecipients (e.g., grant administrators, case managers, and service referral contacts) and (2) focus groups with a sample of TVAP subrecipients with extensive knowledge of trafficking-related grants or funding allocation models. This project will also include focus groups with select federal stakeholders.
Past ACF Evaluation Projects
Intersection of Domestic Human Trafficking with Child Welfare and Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs, 2014-2017
The purpose of this project is to pretest both a short and long form version of a tool intended to identify youth who are victims of human trafficking within child welfare and runaway and homeless youth service environments, across four sites.
Identified key findings and recommendations from surveys and interviews with training participants to enhance training for healthcare providers to “Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond to Human Trafficking”.
Examined the feasibility and benefits of providing enhanced employment services to pre-certified, foreign trafficking victims and other foreign trafficking victims who are currently ineligible for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Matching Grant Program.