Project

Cross-Site Evaluation of the Family Connection Discretionary Grants

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Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families

Family Connection grants aimed to help reconnect family members with children in foster care or at risk of entering it.

JBA conducted a cross-site evaluation of the Family Connection grant projects to examine their effectiveness.

The projects were organized into clusters implementing specific interventions, such as residential family treatment and family group decision making. Guided by logic models, we evaluated process and outcomes for each cluster at the parent, child, family, organization, and service delivery system levels. The process evaluation focused on stages of program maturation from design and implementation to maintenance and sustainability, while the outcome evaluation examined the impact on children, parents, and families.

The evaluation collected data on outcomes related to safety, permanency, and well-being and areas such as integration with local systems, collaboration, service expansion and enhancement, service utilization, cost effectiveness, and sustainability. We also provided technical assistance to grantees conducting site-specific evaluations to improve processes and services and to demonstrate linkages between activities and outcomes. The results were synthesized to develop conclusions and recommendations.

Staff

  • Grace Atukpawu-Tipton, Ph.D., M.S.W. Senior Research Associate

    Grace Atukpawu-​Tipton has more than 17 years of experience in program evaluation, evaluation technical assistance, and applied social science research in the...

  • Chi Connie Park, Ph.D., M.A. Senior Research Associate

    Chi Connie Park has more than 13 years of experience in applied social science research design, program evaluation, and capacity building in the areas of child...

  • Joanna DeWolfe, M.S. Senior Research Associate

    Joanna DeWolfe has 26 years of experience in applied social science research and evaluation of programs serving children and families. Her subject expertise...

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Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families