• September 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 8

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Regional Partnership Grants Cross-Site Evaluation

The Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006 authorized 5-year partnership grants to support collaboration among child welfare and substance abuse treatment agencies. The goal of these regional partnership grants (RPGs) was to improve the well-being, permanency, and safety outcomes for children in or at risk of entering foster care due to a parent or caregiver's substance abuse. The Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act of 2011 funded a second round of partnership grants through 2016. The Children's Bureau funded 17 RPG grants in 2012, in addition to a 5-year cross-site evaluation of the grantees' projects. An RPG evaluation design report by the evaluator, Mathematica, is now available.

The report outlines the conceptual framework for the RPG cross-site evaluation and the four evaluation components: (1) an implementation study, (2) a partnership study, (3) an outcomes study, and (4) an impact study. Results will be released throughout the evaluation period, including annual reports to Congress.

The Regional Partnership Grant Program Cross-Site Evaluation Design Report, published by Mathematica Policy Research, is available on the Mathematica website:

http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/our-publications-and-findings/publications/regional-partnership-grant-program-cross-site-evaluation-design-report

The Regional Partnership Grant Program Cross-Site Evaluation Design Report: Executive Summary, by Debra Strong, Diane Paulsell, Russell Cole, Sarah Avellar, Angela D'Angelo, Juliette Henke, and Rosalind Keith, also is available on the Mathematica website:

http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/~/media/publications/pdfs/family_support/rpg_cross-site_evaldesignrpt_es.pdf (505 KB)

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