Supported with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Evidence Generation team is working with two innovative youth services agencies to improve their capacity for sound evaluation and to evaluate their effectiveness. The two agencies, Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) based in Harrisburg, PA and exalt of New York City, are dynamic providers of community-based services and supports for disconnected, at-risk, and justice-involved youth.
The Evidence Generation initiative had already been working with both YAP and exalt for more than two years at the launch of the Casey project. During this time, staff worked with the agencies to document their routine practices, to create rigorous theories of change and logic models, and to explore the measures necessary to organize mission-relevant data. The enhanced funding from the Casey Foundation allows us to work with each agency to resolve any strategic issues remaining from our previous collaborative work. Next, we will help the agencies to create effective comparison samples that may be utilized for quasi-experimental evaluation studies.
Jeffrey A. Butts (PI), Doug Evans (Project Director), two Graduate Research Fellows (TBA), Rhoda Ramdeen
$150,000 in Year 1, with additional years possible. Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.