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 program’s implementation and outcomes.

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 evaluation tracking databases
  • Providing weekly web-based data training to program staff
  • Presenting data dashboards to inform practice
  • Conducting site visits to collect data
  • 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 more than 20 years of experience in evaluation studies, technical assistance, and applied research. She currently serves as the project director...

  • Joanna DeWolfe, M.S. Senior Research Associate

    Joanna DeWolfe has nearly 30 years of experience in applied social science research and evaluation of programs serving children and families. Her subject...

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

    Kathy Kopiec has nearly 20 years of experience in program evaluation and applied social science research with substantive knowledge in mental health services...

about the project

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Client

Cook Inlet Tribal Council