Evaluations of Youth Programs
The following resources provide results from evaluations of programs serving youth currently or formerly in foster care, including information on outcomes for youth served by those programs and recommendations for program improvement. Resources include State and local examples.
Multi-Site Evaluation of Foster Youth Programs (Chafee Independent Living Evaluation Project), 2001-2010
Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Presents a 5-year evaluation of 4 Independent Living programs to determine the effects of programs funded under the John Chafee Foster Care Independence Program in achieving key outcomes for participating youth. These outcomes include increased educational attainment, higher employment rates and stability, greater interpersonal and relationship skills, reduced non-marital pregnancy and births, and reduced delinquency and crime rates.
Evaluation of Reclaiming Futures
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Outlines national evaluation results from a 10-site demonstration initiative that relied on organizational change and system reform to improve substance abuse interventions for youth involved with the juvenile justice system.
Foster Youth Demonstration Project: Final Evaluation Report (PDF - 861 KB)
Institute for Educational Leadership (2008)
Describes outcomes for youth currently or formerly in foster care served by programs at five sites across the country and identifies common success factors of those programs.
National Evaluation of Child Welfare Training Grants: Case Study Report of Independent Living Training Projects (PDF - 4690 KB)
Collins, Amodeo, & Clay (2007)
Provides the results of an evaluation of 12 training projects that focused on training workers to assist youth transitioning from care to independent living. The report discusses findings on curriculum development, training delivery, youth involvement, evaluation, dissemination, and collaboration.
State and local examples
Emancipation Research Project 2007-2009 Compilation of Findings (PDF - 4905 KB)
Honoring Emancipated Youth
Presents the results of a 2-year study that examined the transition process from foster care to independence in San Francisco County, including best practices and recommendations.
Evaluation of the Life Skills Training Program, Los Angeles County, California: Final Report (PDF - 1150 KB)
Courtney, Zinn, Zielewski, Bess, Malm, Stagner, et al. (2008)
Examines the effectiveness of a 5-week program that offered training to youth in education, employment, daily living skills, survival skills, choices and consequences, interpersonal/social skills, and computer/Internet skills.
Helping Former Foster Youth Graduate From College: Campus Support Programs in California and Washington State
Dworsky & Pérez (2009)
Studies implementation efforts of programs providing financial, academic, and other types of supports to help youth formerly in foster care succeed in college. The report includes information on the demographics of populations served, program model, staff and stakeholders, data collection, and more.
Improving the Quality of Services to Youth in Substitute Care: A Report on Surveyed Youth in Foster Care FY 2007 (PDF- 152 KB)
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (2008)
Reviews the methodology and outcome of two surveys, summarizes the overall results, and describes the ongoing efforts toward program improvement undertaken by Child Protective Services.