Connected Youth Initiative: A Collaborative Evaluation Study of Well-Being in Rural Nebraska

Session Number: 1401
Track: Youth Focused Evaluation
Session Type: Poster
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Claire M. Hoff, MPA [Assistant Vice President of Research and Evaluation - Nebraska Children and Families Foundation]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Catherine Humphries Brown [Associate Vice President, Research and Evaluation - Nebraska Children and Families Foundation]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Trevor Fronius [Senior Research Associate - WestEd]
Time: Nov 13, 2019 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)
Room: Poster 171

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

This poster summarizes an external evaluation of the Connected Youth Initiative (CYI), which engages older youth in Nebraska who have been involved in the child welfare/juvenile justice systems, and/or who are homeless, and helps them realize positive outcomes across several domains through individual coaching, youth leadership, emergency support funds, and financial literacy training, which are all set within a community-based collaborative system. The evaluation focused on six community collaboratives in rural areas of Nebraska implementing CYI with support from Social Innovation Fund, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service funded 2010-2016.

Poster highlights include:

  • Descriptions of mixed methodologies used
  • Summary of findings around individual-level and system outcomes
  • Lessons learned around collaborative evaluation, and building evaluation capacity to improve evaluation quality, use, and sustainability

Overall, this project demonstrates ways to ensure evidence-building evaluation approaches remain relevant and useful to multiple audiences with varying purposes.