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NIJ FY 2014 Evaluation of the Office for Victims of Crime Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth State Demonstration Project.

Award Information

Award #
2014-VF-GX-0001
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2014
Total funding (to date)
$1,999,952

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $499,994)

The profound impact of child victimization provides compelling evidence of the need for a collaborative and multi-system response to identifying and serving child/youth victims. In response to this challenge, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has created a new demonstration grant program, the Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth (V21-SOC), to address these needs using a systems of care (SOC) approach.

V21-SOC will award grants to two grantees for statewide implementation. ICF proposes to perform a 15-month project to assess the initial phase of this new demonstration and lay the groundwork for future evaluation activities. The evaluation team will design a comprehensive and rigorous methodology conducive to both a baseline study and a future process and impact evaluation; document the planning and any initial implementation of systems of care models; perform the initial baseline study; initiate a process evaluation of the training and technical assistance (TTA) Provider; and continuously advise grantees and the TTA Provider through conference calls and a series of Web meetings.
The proposed baseline study will include (1) an initial assessment of the demonstration and ongoing implementation documentation, (2) collecting and analyzing survey data from SOC network partners, (3) collecting and analyzing stakeholder interview data, (4) collecting and analyzing survey data from a wide range of service providers in the state, (5) collecting and analyzing data from victims (either surveys or interviews), and (6) collecting and analyzing a variety of administrative data such as client services databases, quarterly reports, and court records. ICF will evaluate the TTA provided to grantees through quarterly surveys to those receiving TTA and stakeholder interviews. Analyses will include descriptive statistics, statistical comparison tests, regression, and social network analysis. At the end of the study, ICF will finalize the methodology, fidelity criteria, and instruments to be used for continued evaluation in Phase II. ICF will also produce a summary report for NIJ; Web meetings to inform grantees and the TTA Provider; and conference presentations, briefs, trade articles, and peer-reviewed journal articles to release preliminary findings to the field. A full-scale evaluation of the V21-SOC demonstration will raise awareness about the needs of this vulnerable victim population and assist practitioners, policymakers, and researchers in understanding whether and how SOC can effectively assist child/youth victims. 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. ca/ncf

ICF is pleased to submit this proposal to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to continue performing the process and impact evaluation of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Demonstration Project. ICF proposes to continue evaluation activities during a 15-month period to assess the demonstration and provide more information to the field about the effectiveness of systems of care frameworks for serving the needs of child and youth victims. Proposed tasks include: (1) ongoing communication and management; (2) development of the impact research plan and instruments; (3) continued baseline study and implementation documentation activities (including reviews of programmatic materials, stakeholder interviews, administration of the Network Partner Survey, continued collection of administrative data, and any remaining work related to the baseline collections from service providers and victims); (4) process evaluation of TTA process (occurring through interviews and a quarterly administered survey); and (5) reporting and
dissemination. Data will be analyzed with psychometric analyses, descriptive statistics, statistical comparison tests, multiple regression, and social network analysis. ICF will complete all required progress reports and summary reporting, as well as disseminate findings through webinars, conference presentations, and journal articles or briefs. Data, instruments, and other supporting materials will be archived for continued replication and research investigation. The ICF Team, led by co-Principal Investigators Sara Debus-Sherrill and Mary Spooner, is exceptionally well-equipped to meet the study’s goals, with a unique combination of
relevant experience in victim-centered research, vulnerable children and youth, and
collaboration-based initiatives.

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

nca/ncf

This grant continues the process and impact evaluation of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Demonstration Project. ICF proposes to continue evaluation activities during a 15-month period to assess the demonstration and provide more information to the field about the effectiveness of systems of care frameworks for serving the needs of child and youth victims.

Proposed tasks include: (1) ongoing communication and management to ensure smooth project operations, (2) continued development and refinement of the impact evaluation plan and related data collection instruments for within and across-site comparison, (3) continued baseline study and implementation documentation activities (including site visits) to track the progress of the program and to measure how V21-LSC is affecting services, (4) continued evaluation of the TTA process to determine how the TTA influences the project, and (5) a comprehensive reporting and dissemination plan to share study findings with diverse stakeholders. Data will be analyzed with psychometric analyses, descriptive statistics, statistical comparison tests, multiple regression, and social network analyses. ICF will complete all required progress reports and summary reporting, as well as disseminate findings through webinars, conference presentations, and journal articles or briefs. Data, instruments, and other supporting materials will be archived for continued replication and research investigation.

The ICF Team, led by co-Principal Investigators Sara Debus-Sherrill and Mary Spooner, is exceptionally well-equipped to meet the study’s goals, with a unique combination of relevant experience in victim-centered research, vulnerable children and youth, and collaboration-based initiatives. nca/ncf

The applicant proposes evaluation activities during a 15-month period to assess the Phase I of the demonstration and provide more information to the field about the effectiveness of systems of care frameworks for serving the needs of child and youth victims.

Proposed tasks include: (1) conduct ongoing communication and management to ensure efficient project operations, (2) develop and refine the impact evaluation plan and instruments for within and across-site comparison, (3) conduct baseline study and implementation documentation activities to track the progress of the program and to measure how V21-LSC is affecting services, (4) evaluate the TTA process to determine how the TTA influences the project, and (5) a comprehensive reporting and dissemination plan to share study findings with diverse stakeholders. Data will be analyzed with descriptive statistics, statistical comparison tests, multiple regression, and social network analyses.

The applicant will complete all required progress reports and summary reporting, as well as disseminate findings through webinars, conference presentations, and journal articles or briefs. Data, instruments, and other supporting materials will be archived for continued replication and research investigation.

This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law, and complies with Part 200 Uniform Requirements - 2CFR 200.210(a)(14).
nca/ncf

Date Created: September 17, 2014