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Evaluation of the Attorney General's Children Exposed to Violence Demonstration Program: Phase I

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $500,000)

The Attorney General has launched an ambitious program to test comprehensive, community-based efforts in eight sites nationwide. Each site will have to create a broad, multi-disciplinary partnership with the means to implement a wide range of responses across a given community or tribal setting. This project will provide for a Phase I evaluation of this demonstration program. Informed by a broad ecological framework, the goals are to: (1) implement a participatory research process at all eight sites; (2) conduct a formative evaluation of all eight demonstrations; (3) identify both universal outcomes and data and specific measures appropriate to individual sites; and (4) produce a comprehensive research design for a four-site Phase II process, impact, and cost evaluation. To address the four goals, site visits to each of the eight sites will be conducted. During these visits, the evaluator will engage the sites with information on the children exposed to violence (CEV) literature; probe them through interactive sessions concerning initiative goals, strategies, and outcomes; conduct thorough semi-structured interviews with all coalition representatives; and administer a formal (quantitative) communications and priorities survey. In addition, in the second site visit outcomes of interest will be finalized; data systems assessed; interviews of technology/systems staff members conducted; relevant data obtained; and interest and willingness to develop new data systems assessed. Additional work will include developing a comprehensive logic model by site and a universal logic model spanning all eight sites; developing a major performance indicators chart for each site and a universal, multi-site chart; assessing each site's strategic planning process utilizing empirically based lessons from prior process evaluations; and devising feasible and appropriate quasi-experimental designs for a Phase II evaluation. ca/ncf

Date Created: September 22, 2010