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Evaluating a Cognitive Behavioral Approach for Improving Life Outcomes of Under Served Young Women: A Randomized Experiment in Chicago

Award Information

Awardee
Award #
2016-JU-FX-0004
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2016
Total funding (to date)
$1,245,000

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $247,500)

This award is for the programmatic implementation of a mentoring program under Category 1 of the solicitation. This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants for mentoring activities to organizations that OJJDP designates.

The Practitioner-Researcher Partnership in Cognitive Behavioral Mentoring Program will support the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative mentoring approaches for youth at high risk for delinquency/juvenile and criminal justice involvement or victimization and trauma. These mentoring approaches must incorporate practices that are informed by research on cognitive behavioral interventions and techniques. The program will fund a partnership between a practitioner/service provider and an evaluator/researcher.

Youth Guidance (Category 1; 2016-50747-IL-JU) will develop and implement training and curriculum enhancements to its Working on Womanhood (WOW) Program and partner with the University of Chicago (Category 2; 2016-50755-IL-JU) to evaluate it. WOW is a therapy-based intervention that is demonstrating promising results in reducing depression, trauma symptoms, and violence involvement, as well as improving academic and behavioral outcomes among young women in Chicago. The program targets 7-12th grade girls exposed to traumatic stressors and/or with emotion regulation challenges who attend schools in distressed, high-crime, and low-income neighborhoods on Chicago’s south and west sides. Under this project, Youth Guidance will refine its WOW curriculum by clarifying program definition, target population, and primary outcomes and then implement the enhanced program design with the target population. It will partner with the University of Chicago to evaluate the strategies and the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) practices central to the WOW program to investigate the impact of the WOW counselor-student relationship. The project is expected to result in the development of standardized materials including the WOW curriculum, implementation manual, and training guide, as well as a Training Academy that will allow the curriculum to be administered with fidelity and replicated in diverse settings to serve an expanded number of participants.

CA/NCF

The Practitioner-Researcher Partnership in Cognitive Behavioral Mentoring Program supports the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative mentoring approaches for youth at high risk for delinquency and criminal justice involvement or victimization and trauma. These mentoring approaches must incorporate practices that are informed by research on cognitive behavioral interventions and techniques. The program funds a partnership between a practitioner/service provider and an evaluator/researcher.

Funding to Youth Guidance will continue to support work on OJJDP's Practitioner-Researcher Partnership in Cognitive Behavioral Mentoring Program. Specifically, it will support development and evaluation of training and curriculum enhancements that will allow Youth Guidance to maximize the benefits of the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) practices central to the Working on Womanhood (WOW) programming and to fully realize the potential of the WOW counselor-student relationship. The result will be the development of standardized materials including the WOW curriculum, implementation manual, and training guide, as well as a Training Academy that will allow the curriculum to be administered with fidelity and replicated in diverse settings to serve an expanded number of participants. To accomplish these goals, Youth Guidance is partnering with the University of Chicago Urban Labs to design and conduct evaluation activities. Through this process, Youth Guidance will be able to better articulate the issues the program is working to address, the changes WOW can bring about through program efforts, who the program is most likely to benefit, the activities planned to contribute toward this change, the resources required, and external factors that could potentially influence results. Tools and protocols will be developed to ensure faithful implementation including final versions of the curriculum, implementation manual, training manual, and Training Academy.

This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law, and complies with Part 200 Uniform Requirements- 2 CFR 200.210(a)(14).

CA/NCF

This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for research and evaluation activities to organizations that OJJDP designates.

The Practitioner-Researcher Partnership in Cognitive Behavioral Mentoring Program supports the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative mentoring approaches for youth at high risk for delinquency, criminal justice involvement, or victimization and trauma. These mentoring approaches must incorporate practices that are informed by research on cognitive behavioral interventions and techniques. The program funds a partnership between a practitioner/service provider and an evaluator/researcher. Funding supports development and evaluation of training and curriculum enhancements that will allow Youth Guidance to maximize the benefits of the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) practices central to the Working on Womanhood (WOW) programming and to fully realize the potential of the WOW counselor-student relationship. Results over the five-year period include development of standardized materials including the WOW curriculum, implementation manual, and training guide, as well as the WOW Training Academy, which will allow the curriculum to be administered with fidelity and replicated in diverse settings to serve an expanded number of participants. To accomplish these goals, Youth Guidance is partnering with the University of Chicago Urban Labs to design and conduct evaluation activities. Through this process, Youth Guidance will be able to better articulate the issues the program is working to address, the changes WOW can bring about through program efforts, who the program is most likely to benefit, the activities planned to contribute toward this change, the resources required, and external factors that could potentially influence results. Tools and protocols will be developed to ensure faithful implementation including final versions of the curriculum, implementation manual, training manual, and WOW Training Academy. This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law, and complies with Part 200 Uniform Requirements- 2 CFR 200.210(a)(14). NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 27, 2016