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.
The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 requires Federal agencies to set goals, measure results, and report their progress in achieving program objectives based on projected percentage changes. The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) reports annually to Congress on a select set of indicators of program performance including:
- Certification and Eligibility: Increase the number of victims of trafficking certified per year through HHS Certification and Eligibility Letters.
- Service Provision to Foreign Victims: Increase the number of foreign trafficking victims served by a whole network of grantees.
- Service Provision to Domestic Victims: Increase the number of domestic trafficking victims served by a whole network of grantees.
- Victim Identification: Increase the number of potential trafficking victims identified by the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
- Survivor Engagement: Increase the number of incoming communications received from victims and survivors of human trafficking by the Hotline.
- Training Impact: Increase the percentage of individuals trained who have high or very high confidence in their ability to identify and respond to human trafficking after receiving SOAR to Health and Wellness training through the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC).
Additionally, OTIP reports on the total number of individuals who receive training through NHTTAC and the total number of incoming communications received by the Hotline. GPRA measures represent a sample of the information OTIP collects to assess and improve program performance. The most recent data and information about the OTIP GPRA measures are available in the President’s Budget Justification to Congress available through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget (OLAB).
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:
Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Demonstration Projects: Service Models of the Second Cohort of Projects, 2015-2017
This brief describes the service models of the second cohort of projects that implemented 2-year demonstration projects for domestic victims of human trafficking from October 2015 through September 2017 in Billings, Montana; North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota; and Multnomah County, Oregon. Each project’s organization background; demonstration project structure, including key partners and roles; and victim service model are described.
Evaluation of Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Demonstration Projects: Final Report from the Second Cohort of Projects
This report documents the experiences of the second cohort of three cooperative agreement awardees that implemented the Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking (DVHT) demonstration projects from October 2015 through September 2017 in Billings, Montana; North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota; and Multnomah County, Oregon to improve services to domestic victims of human trafficking in their communities.
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.