Multiple Research Methods for Evidence Generation

This chapter describes tools for researchers to address the tasks of problem definition, measurement, causal processes, and generalization. We begin with an extended example of developing practice-based evidence in community-based youth justice organizations in New York City.

Testimony to the New York City Council

Reducing delinquency and youth violence among justice-involved young people is a complicated business. Public safety is best protected when youth justice providers work with young people in their own communities, and when the efforts of courts and children’s services are coordinated with prevention agencies, schools, social services, neighborhood organizations, and faith-based groups.

Follow-up Guidebook

Agencies should follow up with former clients to assess their overall effectiveness. Following up with clients helps staff to learn about the long-term effects of programs and to adjust their efforts to increase their impact. Follow-up should begin at intake and it should be as simple and as seamless as possible. The Evidence Generation team created this Guidebook to help agencies conceptualize improved follow-up procedures.

HOUR Children Evaluation Work Plan

Hour Children’s mission is to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent and secure lives. Hour Children’s vision is to break the cycle of inter-generational incarceration. To accomplish this, Hour Children provides compassionate and comprehensive services and encourages all to live and interact with dignity and respect.

Good Shepherd Services Evaluation Work Plan

This work plan was drafted specifically for the youth justice programs at Good Shepherd Services (GSS), to serve as a tool for its continued use in aiding court-involved youth. A key part of the GSS mission is to surround at-risk New York City youth and their families with a web of support that promotes self-sufficiency. The LIFE program at GSS is based on a theory of change that incarceration and removal of youth from their home negatively affects their physical and psychological well-being, academic progress, and emotional development. The program provides services focusing on education, family, and community engagement designed…

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Hour Children Evaluation Guidebook

This Guidebook expands on selected sections of the Workplan prepared by the Graduate Research Fellows for Hour Children. The guidebook provides details and additional resources as supplements that may be useful for implementing the Workplan, including an expanded discussion of logic models and theories of change. The material presented in the document would be most useful for agency staff members who will plan and execute evaluations of programs at Hour Children.

The DOME Project Evaluation Work Plan

This work plan was drafted specifically for The DOME Project and its Bridge to Success Program to serve as a tool for its continued use in aiding court-involved youth. The DOME Bridge to Success ATD program serves as a unifying source of support for youth through counseling, court advocacy, supervision, and assistance with educational, vocational, mental health, housing, and substance abuse placement.

The DOME Project Evaluation Guidebook

This Guidebook expands on selected sections of the Workplan prepared by the Graduate Research Fellows for The DOME Project in New York City. The document provides details and additional resources as supplements that may be useful for implementing the Workplan, including an expanded discussion of logic models and theories of change. The material presented in the document would be most useful for agency staff members who plan and execute evaluations at The DOME Project.