This awardee has received supplemental funding. This award detail page includes information about both the original award and supplemental awards.
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2005, $994,613)
The goals of the evaluation are to determine whether Utah's YFP program is achieving its desired outcomes in four primary areas: improvements in academic performance; improvements in interpersonal competencies; strengthened family bonds; and the prevention or reduction of delinquent or problem behavior. Additionally the evaluation will determine transferability and cost benefits of the program. The evaluators will use a quasi-experimental design to establish a comparison and control group. The control group will include youth entering the YFP program in the 2006-7 school year. The comparison group will be selected from youths ages 10-14 who attend school in the 2006-7 academic years. The comparison group will be matched with the treatment group based on results of the youth eligibility survey and additional socio-demographic information. Youths will be assessed on the domains of the program goals prior to entering the program and at the end of the school year. Youths will be contacted for up to two years after the completion of the program. Data on juvenile justice system contacts, academic performance, program staff data, and data on the parents and mentors will also be collected.
Supplemental funding was requested for the evaluation of Youth and Families with Promise, a state-wide Utah mentoring program, to facilitate a successful evaluation design. It was determined by NIJ at the time of the original award to JRSA that their design may need to be modified to include a second cohort of new program participants, rather than only one as was originally proposed by JRSA. This additional cohort is necessary to attain the appropriate sample size. This change also dictates that the study be lengthened by one year to accommodate data collection for the second year participants. It was determined by Sarah at the time of award that if, after further investigation, these changes were deemed necessary it would be handled through a supplemental award. The original evaluation grant to JRSA contained a special condition requiring the grantee to perform a site visit to the YFP program to determine as closely as possible the actual number of new program participants and submit a revised design. After further investigation and work with the program, it appears a two year cohort will be necessary.
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