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Researcher-Survivor Formative Evaluation of San Francisco's Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces: Levels of Collaboration

NCJ Number
254008
Date Published
Author(s)
Alexandra Lutnick, Minh Dang
Annotation
This report in the series from the Researcher-Survivor Formative Evaluation of San Francisco’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces focuses on the methodology and findings of the evaluation of the levels of collaboration in countering human trafficking in the city.
Abstract
The multiple service needs of people who have experienced trafficking make it unlikely that one organization can adequately address them all. For interagency task forces to be sustainable and effective, it is critical to have a functioning system of service coordination and interagency collaboration. During this evaluation project, researchers administered the Levels of Collaboration Scale (LCS), coupled with open-ended questions, three times in the course of the project. This was done in order to describe and assess collaboration among Task Force member participants and engage them in discussion about what promotes and inhibits collaborative efforts. The first administration of the LCS was in August 2016 at the general Task Force meeting. Its second administration was at the general Task Force meeting in June 2017; and the scale’s last administration was conducted in June 2018 via an e-mailing to the 23 agencies who were formal members of the Task Force; 16 completed the scale. Over the course of the evaluation, the Task Force has made progress in defining roles in anti-trafficking endeavors and in establishing and implementing membership and voting procedures. Needs were also noted that would strengthen their collaboration. These included orientation for new attendees, commitment to anchoring values, meaningful involvement of those who have experienced trafficking, and consistent and strong leadership. 5 tables
Date Created: November 3, 2019