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Evaluation of Father Flanagan's Boy' Home (Girls and Boys Town)

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2004, $559,998)

This project will evaluate the impact of Girl's and Boy's town short term residential placement for delinquent girls. Three sites will be evaluated (Newark, Philadelphia, and New Orleans) using a quasi-experimental design. The samples will consist of 315 girls exposed to the program and 366 girls who receive traditional services. Short term outcomes to be assessed include changes in academic performance, number of treatment plan goals met, and overall adjustment/behavior. The long term goals to be measured include recidivism (rearrest, time to rearrest, and readjudication), academic performance, employment, pregnancy, substance use, and change in behavior. Data will be collected through official files, GBT files, and survey.

Supplemental funding is requested for the evaluation of the Girls and Boys Town short-term residential program for girls to enhance the research design and methodology. The original proposal outlined a retrospective (post test only) survey design for both the comparison and control girls. This modification will necessitate the administration of a second survey, for which money was not previously budgeted. In addition to the survey design, change DSG will need additional funding to cover unexpected costs associated with replacing the New Orleans site with the Atlanta site, as a result of Hurricane Katrina. This change will require the evaluation team to travel to Atlanta to forge agreements with local officials regarding the parameter of the research and the collection of data for the comparison group, as was previously done in New Orleans.

Date Created: September 22, 2004