In this brief, local evaluators working with two Youth at Risk of Homeless grantees, Alameda County, California, and the Colorado Department of Human Services, describe how their teams used continuous quality improvement (CQI) to learn from the initial implementation of their model interventions and refine them.
In 2013, Colorado’s Department of Human Services (CDHS), Division of Child Welfare (DCW) was chosen as one of eighteen grantees to receive a planning grant (Phase I) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau under their Youth-At-Risk-of-Homelessness (YARH) demonstration projects. Since then, Colorado was selected as one of six grantee sites Read More
The child support and child welfare project was undertaken to improve collaboration between sister agencies in multiple jurisdictions. The Center for Policy Research of Denver, Colo., with grant funding from the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, conducted two meetings in Washington, D.C., in 2006 and 2007 to bring together top-level managers and other key representatives of child welfare and child support Read More
This document draws on data from several different sources to explore the experiences of Louisiana foster parents. The primary goal is to identify areas in which foster parents need additional training and support. A brief demographic profile of the foster parents who were interviewed or surveyed is included, as is a brief overview of their experiences as foster parents. This Read More
The evaluation of the New York City Child Permanency Mediation Program was intended to provide information to help to answer the question, “Does mediation work?” There is, of course, no single measure of whether mediation, or any program, “works.” Therefore, the evaluation considered a variety of possible outcomes to answer the questions: “Is mediation helpful to parties?” and “Is mediation helpful Read More
The Caddo Parish Family Drug Court has now been in operation for nearly five years. This fact seemed to argue for a reflection on the accomplishment of the program thus far, and consideration about the possible future for family drug courts in Louisiana. In conjunction with the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Caddo Parish Family Drug Court, a Read More
What child support agencies share in common with child welfare agencies is children. Not simply children in the abstract, but often the very same children from the very same families — very often, poor families. When child support and child welfare operate entirely independently, the end result can be poorer outcomes for families. Vital information known to Read More