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National Evaluation of Tribal Youth Program

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $500,000)

CSR, Incorporated will conduct a national evaluation of the Tribal Youth Program's research and evaluation activities since its inception in 1999. The evaluation design includes three basic components. The first component consists of a survey of prior-year grantees, designed to explore what has been accomplished through past funding. The second component consists of a series of interviews with current grantees, designed to describe and strengthen the evaluation designs that these grantees are pursuing. This component will combine an assessment of training and technical assistance needs with interviews that will help us understand how the collaborative process between evaluators and program staff develops and how this process can be strengthened and facilitated. The third and final component will include a series of focus groups we will conduct with past and current grantees and individual interviews we will conduct with key federal stakeholders to identify significant gaps in our knowledge about what works in juvenile justice systems and delinquency prevention among American Indian tribes.NCA/NCF

OJJDP FY 09 Demonstration Programs Division Grants was established to provide grants, cooperative agreements and other assistance to organizations designated by OJJDP, as authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. Sections 5601 et seq.) and statutes appropriating funds for juvenile justice programs.

The OJJDP Tribal Youth Program (TYP) supports tribal efforts to address delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth. To date, however, OJJDP has collected limited systematic information about the results. CSR, Incorporated conducted a national process evaluation of the program and its impact, examining (1) the variation among tribes that have applied for and/or received funding, (2) the types of programs created, and (3) program sustainability. CSR examined TYP records and public data about tribal communities, collected primary data from grantees and project directors, and reviewed the research literature on the sustainability of human services programs. The proposed research will permit additional analysis to explore questions raised, to explain data issues encountered, and to incorporate these findings in the final evaluation reports. Research questions will include: How do tribes of different sizes fare in the application and award process? How does the type of TYP program proposed affect receiving an award or implementing a program, and can progress report data be used to track program sustainability? Products will include a report on technical issues and lessons learned, and additional analyses and discussions added as a companion report to the final evaluation reports.

Date Created: November 20, 2006