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A Randomized Controlled Trial Study of Amachi Texas

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $528,452)

Title of Study: A Randomized Controlled Trial Study of Amachi Texas

ICF, International (in partnership with Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion) proposes to conduct a randomized control evaluation study of Amachi, Texas, a statewide mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents. The study will include both a process and outcome evaluation, and will determine the impact of Amachi Texas on outcomes for children of incarcerated parents and/or family members. Long term goals include determining whether the Amachi model can be determined to be an evidence-based program and should be replicated on a national level. Other partners in this project include Office of the Governor, The Texas Department of Criminal Justice, OneStar Foundation, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Texas. Project performance will be measured by the project's adherence to its established timeline and by the quality of deliverables. Note: Applicant requested $1,436,072 for a 3 year study. OJJDP intends to fund the balance of the project ($907,620) in FY08, contingent upon available funding. CA/NCF

The Amachi Texas mission is to break the intergenerational cycle of crime and incarceration by helping children of prisoners reach their maximum potential through safe, positive relationships with a caring adult in their community. The Amachi Texas vision is to successfully implement this innovative statewide pilot initiative, achieve successful outcomes, and build a program infrastructure to reach thousands of at-risk children across the state while establishing a replicable model for the nation. To assist with these goals, OJJDP funded the first of a 3-year rigorous evaluation designed to determine the impact of Amachi Texas on outcomes for children impacted by incarceration.

The longitudinal study will determine whether and under what circumstances the program: 1) provides a caring adult to children impacted by incarceration; 2) delivers character strengthening adult support to youth that are at the greatest risk; 3) contributes to improved outcomes and positive development of youth, and 4) potentially serves as an evidence-based national model that empirically demonstrates what can be accomplished when 'People of Texas Mentor Children of Promise.' NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 24, 2007