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Evaluation of the Office for Victims of Crime Wraparound Victim Legal Assistance Network Demonstration Project

Award Information

Award #
2012-VF-GX-0001
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2012
Total funding (to date)
$2,797,838

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $598,720)

Victims of crime experience a wide range of legal needs from asserting their rights in criminal proceedings to a number of additional civil legal issues related to the victimization, such as employment, housing, immigration, and custody concerns. Often, victims are required to navigate multiple, disparate organizations to meet these diverse needs. In response to this challenge, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has created a new demonstration grant program, the OVC Wraparound Victim Legal Assistance Network Demonstration Project (OVC WVLAN), to address these legal needs using a holistic, wraparound approach.

ICF proposes to perform a 15-month study to assess the initial phase of this new demonstration project and lay the groundwork for future evaluation activities. The evaluation team will document the development and any initial implementation of wraparound legal network models; design a comprehensive and rigorous research method conducive to both a baseline study and a future process and impact evaluation; perform the initial baseline study; and continuously advise grantees and local research partners through regular meetings, conference calls, and a series of webinars. The baseline study will depend on the recommended outcome evaluation methods and each site's models and data capabilities. However, a flexible approach would likely include (1) collecting and coding stakeholder interview data, (2) collecting and analyzing victim survey data, (3) collecting and analyzing legal network survey data, and (4) collecting and analyzing a variety of administrative data from sources such as legal services databases, quarterly reports, court records, and case files.
ICF will produce a report for NIJ detailing baseline study findings and recommendations for future evaluation activities, including a series of instruments and protocols that can be used for a future process, outcome, and cost-effectiveness study. In addition, ICF will conduct a series of webinars that will be useful to grantees and for other communities engaging in replication efforts. In all activities and dissemination efforts, the evaluation team will use a research-to-practice framework that will increase opportunities for the OVC WVLAN programs to have greater program fidelity and long-term sustainability.

A full-scale evaluation of the OVC WVLAN demonstration will assist policymakers in understanding whether federal funds supporting legal networks can assist victims; whether this is a cost-effective approach; and also provide important information to the field on victims' legal needs and how these needs are (or are not) currently met. At present, there is little systematic information on these topics, and project findings can help raise awareness about this vulnerable client group and assist legal and victim service organizations to better provide support. With successful completion of these proposed activities, NIJ will be well-positioned to embark on a full-scale process and impact evaluation if they so decide.ca/ncf

This continuation will build on the foundation of the previously supported study and will document grantees implementation efforts and engage in a full process and outcome evaluation of the OVC WVLAN demonstration. During the project period, ICF will continue managing the project in collaboration with NIJ, OVC, and the local sites to ensure smooth program operations and provide research guidance as needed; document implementation efforts to further improve understanding of the overall demonstration program and individual site models and their grant activities; develop an outcome evaluation methodology and associated instruments for a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation; and collect and analyze outcome study data to measure how the grantee program affects network collaboration, victims, and service providers. Although the exact methodology cannot be determined until grantees create their intervention models, a description of potential designs and data collection strategies is described.

ICF will ultimately produce a report for NIJ detailing study findings and implications for policy and practice, along with the associated archived data. In addition, ICF will conduct a series of webinars, which will be useful to grantees and for other communities engaging in replication efforts. In all activities and dissemination efforts, the evaluation team will utilize a research-to-practice framework that will increase opportunities for the OVC WVLAN programs to have greater program fidelity and long-term sustainability. Not only will a full-scale evaluation of the OVC WVLAN demonstration assist policymakers in understanding whether Federal funds supporting legal networks can assist victims, and whether this is a cost-effective approach, but it will also provide important information to the field on victims' legal needs and how these needs are (or are not) currently met. The proposed team is exceptionally well-equipped to execute a rigorous project design to meet these goals, given its unique combination of relevant experience and expertise.

nca/ncf

Victims of crime experience a wide range of legal needs, from asserting their rights in criminal proceedings to a number of additional civil legal issues related to the victimization, such as employment, housing, immigration, and custody concerns. In response to these needs, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) created a demonstration grant program in 2012, the OVC Wraparound Victim Legal Assistance Network Demonstration Project (WVLAN), to address these legal needs using a holistic, wraparound approach. ICF proposes to undertake a 12-month continuation of a previously funded study to evaluate the OVC WVLAN demonstration.
This continuation will build on the foundation of the previously supported study and will document grantees implementation efforts and engage in a full process and outcome evaluation of the OVC WVLAN demonstration. During the project period, ICF will continue (1) ongoing management and communication with NIJ, OVC, and sites to ensure smooth project operations and advise, as needed; (2) ongoing implementation documentation to improve understanding of the overall demonstration program and individual site models and their grant activities; (3) finalization of the outcome evaluation methodology and instruments for a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation; (4) collection and processing of outcome study data to measure how the grantees projects affect network collaboration, victims, and service providers; (5) collection of cost information to understand the cost implications of implementing wraparound networks; and (6) dissemination to share the results of the study with various stakeholders in the field.
ICF will continue work on the final technical report for NIJ to be delivered in the projects next stage, along with the associated archived data. ICF will also present preliminary findings at research and practitioner conferences and conduct a series of webinars which will be useful to grantees and for other communities engaging in replication efforts. In all activities, ICF will use a research-to-practice framework that will increase opportunities for the OVC WVLAN programs to have greater program fidelity and long-term sustainability. Not only will a full-scale evaluation of the OVC WVLAN demonstration assist policymakers in understanding whether Federal funds supporting legal networks can assist victims, and whether this is a cost-effective approach, but it will also provide important information to the field on victims legal needs and how these needs are (or are not) currently met. The proposed team is exceptionally well-equipped to execute a rigorous project design to meets these goals, given its unique combination of relevant experience and expertise. nca/ncf

Victims of crime experience a wide range of legal needs, from asserting their rights in criminal proceedings to a number of additional civil legal issues related to the victimization, such as employment, housing, immigration, and custody concerns. In response to these needs, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) created a demonstration grant program in 2012, the OVC Wraparound Victim Legal Assistance Network Demonstration Project (WVLAN), to address these legal needs using a holistic, wraparound approach. ICF proposes to undertake an 18-month continuation of a previously funded study to evaluate the OVC WVLAN demonstration.

This continuation will build on the foundation of the previously supported study and will document grantees’ implementation efforts and engage in a full process and outcome evaluation of the OVC WVLAN demonstration. During the project period, ICF will continue (1) ongoing management and communication with NIJ, OVC, and sites to ensure smooth project operations and advise, as needed; (2) ongoing implementation documentation to improve understanding of the overall demonstration program and individual site models and their grant activities; (3) updating the outcome evaluation methodology and instruments for a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation; (4) analysis of outcome study data to measure how the grantees’ projects affect network collaboration, victims, and service providers; (5) analysis of cost information to understand the cost implications of implementing wraparound networks; and (6) dissemination to share the results of the study with various stakeholders in the field.

ICF will complete a final technical report for NIJ, journal article(s), and brief(s) at the conclusion of the project, along with the associated archived data. ICF will also present project findings at research and practitioner conferences and webinar(s) which will be useful to grantees and for other communities engaging in replication efforts. In all activities, ICF will use a research-to-practice framework that will increase opportunities for the OVC WVLAN programs to have greater program fidelity and long-term sustainability. Not only will a full-scale evaluation of the OVC WVLAN demonstration assist policymakers in understanding whether Federal funds supporting legal networks can assist victims, and whether this is a cost-effective approach, but it will also provide important information to the field on victims’ legal needs and how these needs are (or are not) currently met. The proposed team is exceptionally well-equipped to execute a rigorous project design to meets these goals, given its unique combination of relevant experience and expertise.

This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law.

nca/ncf

As submitted by the applicant: Victims of crime experience a wide range of legal needs, from asserting their rights in criminal proceedings to a number of additional civil legal issues related to the victimization, such as employment, housing, immigration, and custody concerns. In response to these needs, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) created a demonstration grant program in 2012, the OVC Wraparound Victim Legal Assistance Network Demonstration Project (WVLAN), to address these legal needs using a holistic, wraparound approach. ICF proposes to undertake an 18-month continuation of a previously funded study to evaluate the OVC WVLAN demonstration.

This continuation will build on the foundation of the previously supported study and will document grantees’ implementation efforts and engage in a full process and outcome evaluation of the OVC WVLAN demonstration. During the project period, ICF will continue (1) ongoing management and communication with NIJ, OVC, and sites to ensure smooth project operations and advise, as needed; (2) ongoing implementation documentation to improve understanding of the overall demonstration program and individual site models and their grant activities; (3) updating the outcome evaluation methodology and instruments for a comprehensive and rigorous evaluation; (4) collection and analysis of outcome study data to measure how the grantees’ projects affect network collaboration, victims, and service providers; (5) analysis of cost information to understand the cost implications of implementing wraparound networks; and (6) dissemination to share the results of the study with various stakeholders in the field.

nca/ncf

Date Created: September 6, 2012