Project

Evaluation of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council Regional Partnership Grant

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Cook Inlet Tribal Council

Alaska’s population is concentrated in the south around Cook Inlet, an area that includes Alaska Native and American Indian people residing in Anchorage and in tribal villages.

The Cook Inlet Tribal Council offers culturally responsive social services throughout the region. In 2017, the council received a federal grant to support children involved in the child welfare system due to parental substance use. JBA is conducting a local evaluation of the implementation of the program, including an outcome evaluation to assess the program’s effectiveness.

The council is implementing the Team Decision Making Enhancement for Strong Native Families, a regional interagency collaboration to enhance the safety and well-being of children through coordinated services. The mixed-methods evaluation is examining that intervention along with a comparison group of families participating in a standard team decision-making model. Tasks include—

  • Developing and pilot testing surveys, measures, and fidelity instruments
  • Managing an evaluation tracking database
  • Conducting site visits to collect data, provide evaluation and data collection training, and present data to inform practice
  • Preparing institutional review board materials to obtain approvals for data collection
  • Synthesizing and analyzing process and outcome data
  • Sharing progress and findings

Staff

  • Pirkko Ahonen, Ph.D., M.S. Senior Research Associate

    Pirkko Ahonen has 18 years of experience in evaluation studies, technical assistance, and applied research. She currently serves as the project director for the Tribal...

  • 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...

  • Kathy Kopiec, M.S.W., M.A. Research Associate

    Kathy Kopiec has 16 years of experience in program evaluation and applied social science research with substantive knowledge in mental health services and...

about the project

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Client

Cook Inlet Tribal Council