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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.

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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

Date Created: September 17, 2014