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The West Coast Convening Framework: A Practical Guide to Outcomes Measurement for Programs Serving Youth and Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness

The West Coast Convening Framework: A Practical Guide to Outcomes Measurement for Programs Serving Youth and Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from the West Coast Convening (WCC) sought to build on existing research-informed frameworks of outcomes measurements for programs serving youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. The WCC Outcomes Workgroup focused on creating a framework that providers and stakeholders can use to facilitate results-driven care, data sharing, and cross-agency analysis. This report is intended as a practical guide about outcomes measurement for providers who are working in the field. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25772
Authors
Wilderson, D., Mousseau, H., Van Buren, E., Jaramillo, A. J.
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

West Coast Convening Workgroup

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the WCC website at: http://www.westcoastconvening.com/wcc-outcomes

Missed Opportunities: Evidence on Interventions for Addressing Youth Homelessness

Missed Opportunities: Evidence on Interventions for Addressing Youth Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This is the eighth in a series of Research-to-Impact briefs by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago to understand and address youth homelessness. This brief presents the results of a literature review conducted to determine what evidence exists on the effectiveness of programs and practices to prevent youth homelessness and improve various outcomes. The researchers selected 62 studies involving youth homelessness, which evaluated 51 programs, to develop an initial evidence base. This brief outlines the six key findings from this systematic review and the researchers recommendations to expand the evidence base for youth homelessness interventions. These include: 1. A small evidence base shows that youth homeless is preventable; 2. Rental assistance and supportive housing programs show promising results; 3. Most evaluations focus on interventions that address well-being and risk behaviors and show positive results; 4. Family-based interventions show positive results for behavioral health, but more evidence is needed; 5. There is little evidence on interventions to help youth experiencing homelessness achieve better employment outcomes; and 6. There is an alarming mismatch between investments in interventions and their evaluation. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25821
Authors
Morton, M.H., Kugley, S., Epstein, R.A., Farrell, A.F.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Series
Research-to-Impact Briefs
Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Chapin Hall website at: https://www.chapinhall.org/research/voices-evidence-review/

From Evidence to Outcomes: Using Evidence to Inform Pay for Success Project Design

From Evidence to Outcomes: Using Evidence to Inform Pay for Success Project Design
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the Urban Institute describes the need for understanding and interpreting evidence for pay for success (PFS) projects and in broader public decision-making. The authors discuss the growing body of social science research showing the importance of strong evidence to determine which projects will work. This brief defines evidence, why it matters to PFS projects, how to assess the quality of existing evidence, and what to do when only limited evidence is available. The authors contend that using evidence to make public welfare decisions improves government effectiveness and drives better outcomes for society.

Accession number
25690
Authors
Milner, J., Eldridge, M.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Urban Institute

Series
Pay for Success Initiative
Year published new
2016
Availability

Available for free download on the Urban Institute website at: https://pfs.urban.org/evaluation-toolkit/content/evidence-outcomes-usin…

Evaluation of Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Demonstration Projects: Final Report from the Second Cohort of Projects

Evaluation of Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Demonstration Projects: Final Report from the Second Cohort of Projects
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, presents findings from the cross-site process evaluation of the second cohort of domestic victims of human trafficking demonstration projects. In 2015, the Family and Youth Services Bureau awarded three two-year cooperative agreements in addition to the first cohort awarded in 2014. The second cohort included projects in Billings, Montana; North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota; and Multnomah County, Oregon. The purpose of the demonstration program was to improve organizational and community capacity to deliver trauma-informed and culturally relevant services for domestic victims of human trafficking through coordinated systems of agency services and partnerships with allied professionals.

Accession number
25670
Authors
Krieger, K., Walters, J.L.H., Kluckman, M., Feinberg, R., Gremminger, M., Orme, S., Misra, S., Gibbs, D.A.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Year published new
2018
Availability

Full report available free of charge on the OPRE website at: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/resource/evaluation-domestic-victims-human…

Evaluation of Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Demonstration Projects: Final Report From the First Cohort of Projects

Evaluation of Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Demonstration Projects: Final Report From the First Cohort of Projects
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report documents the experiences of the first cohort of Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Demonstration Projects awarded as cooperative agreements in 2014. The intent of the demonstration program is to enhance organizational and community capacity to identify domestic victims of human trafficking and deliver comprehensive case management and trauma-informed, culturally relevant services through a system of referrals and the formation of community partnerships. The three projects were located in Maricopa and Pima Counties, AZ, New York City, and Salt Lake City, UT. Key findings of the cross-site process evaluation include: 1) Projects undertook a variety of activities and collaborated with numerous partners to develop and expand organizational and community capacity to identify and serve trafficking victims; 2) Projects diverse backgrounds, target populations, and partners shaped implementation of unique configurations and service models across projects; 3) 341 clients participated in case management services, 95 percent of whom were sex trafficked and 25 percent were labor trafficked; and 4) Projects met many clients needs; however, lack of appropriate, accessible services and individual-level client factors were key barriers to service engagement and delivery.  

Accession number
25412
Authors
Walters, J.H., Krieger, K., Kluckman, M., Feinberg, R., Orme, S., Asefnia, N., Gremminger, M., Gibbs, D.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC

Year published new
2017
Availability

Available free of charge from the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/research/project/evaluation-of-domestic-vi….

Criteria and Benchmarks for Achieving the Goal of Ending Youth Homelessness

Criteria and Benchmarks for Achieving the Goal of Ending Youth Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief provides specific criteria and benchmarks for ending unaccompanied youth homelessness in order to help guide communities as they implement a coordinated community response. The criteria and benchmarks are intended to help communities drive down the number of unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness while building long-term solutions that can effectively respond to future needs. Criteria include: 1) The community identifies all unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness, 2) The community uses prevention and diversion strategies whenever possible and otherwise provides immediate access to low-barrier crisis housing and services to any youth who needs and wants it, 3) The community uses coordinated entry processes to effectively link all youth experiencing homelessness to housing and services solutions that are tailored to their needs, 4) The community acts with urgency to swiftly assist youth to move into permanent or non-time-limited housing options with appropriate services and supports, and 5) The community has resources, plans, and system capacity in place to continue to prevent and quickly end future experiences of homelessness among youth. The benchmarks included in the brief allow communities to measure their progress against established, specific goals. 

Accession number
25400
Authors
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
Type new
Brief
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available free of charge at the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) website: https://www.usich.gov/resources/uploads/asset_library/Youth_Criteria_Be….

Addressing Basic Needs Security in Higher Education: An Introduction to Three Evaluations of Supports for Food and Housing at Community Colleges

Addressing Basic Needs Security in Higher Education: An Introduction to Three Evaluations of Supports for Food and Housing at Community Colleges
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report provides information about the launch of a three-year evaluation of promising approaches to addressing food and housing insecurity by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. The researchers plan to work with community college leaders in Boston, Houston, and Tacoma, Washington, to test, refine, and scale efforts to improve the well-being of students and increase their chances of earning degrees. The three programs under evaluation are Meal Vouchers at Bunker Hill Community College, Food Scholarships at Houston Community College, and Housing Vouchers at Tacoma Community College. All three programs were developed by community colleges and their partners based on their local needs, resources, and opportunities. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25620
Authors
Goldrick-Rab, S., Broton, K.M., Hernandez, D.C.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Year published new
2017
Availability

full report available for download on the Hope Center at: https://hope4college.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Addressing-Basic-Ne…