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Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

Evaluation of the MIECHV program is intended to assist the state and federal governments in efforts to strengthen and improve comprehensive home visiting services. Through evidence-based home visiting programs for pregnant women, expectant fathers, parents and primary caregivers of children birth to kindergarten, improvements in maternal and child health and development and prevention of child injuries, reductions in the incidence of child maltreatment and improved school readiness are intended. In addition to assessing the effectiveness of the program with different populations the evaluation is also intended to explore the empirical evidence for the potential for activities to expand, address health disparities and improve health care practices, potential for improvement in the system for quality, efficiencies and reduction of cost. Data collection is completed while in home services are being provided through the use of tablet technology on iPads utilizing our university-based web-enabled data collection system called REDCap.

For more information on REDCap, visit the following link:

https://redcap.icts.uiowa.edu/redcap/index.php?action=training

Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health)

Project LAUNCH is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) program implemented in Iowa by the Iowa Department of Public Health with community partners. The program is to promote the wellness of young children birth to age eight. Using a public health approach, Project LAUNCH focuses on improving the systems that serve young children and address their physical, emotional, social, cognitive and behavioral growth. The goal: for all children to reach physical, social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive milestones. The aim of Project LAUNCH is to have all young children reach their developmental potential, enter school ready to learn, and experience success in the early grades. The LAUNCH website is located at:

http://projectlaunch.promoteprevent.org/contacts-for-grantees/iowa


Improving Recruitment and Retention in Public Child Welfare [Read more]
This is a five-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Childrens Bureau.   The project created supervisory training and supervisor/worker team-building training to all public child welfare employees in the state of Iowa.  (2003-2008)

Improving Outcomes for Youth in Transition [Read more]
This is a three-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Childrens Bureau.   The project is a training program for public child welfare supervisors to improve outcomes for older youth in transition from foster care to independent living.  (2006-2009).

Evaluation of Iowa's Title IV-E Waiver for Subsidized Guardianship [Read more]

This project was an evaluation of the implementation, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness of Iowa's subsidized guardianship program.  Youth meeting the eligibility criteria based on age and permanency status were randomly assigned to an experimental group that had the option of subsidized guardianship or a control group that did not have this option. The project was supported by the Iowa Department of Human Services and the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2007 - 2009).

DMC Resource Center & Minority Youth and Families Initiative [Read more]dmc small logo

Nationally, minority juveniles in secure detention are greatly over-represented compared to their proportion in the general population. In Iowa, a third of youth held in juvenile detention facilities are minority even though they make up only eight percent of the state's youth population. The DMC Resource Center works statewide with communities to address issues related to the high rate of minority confinement and contact, including community involvement, developing local youth programs, and assisting in the collection and analysis of DMC related data. In 2004 the DMC Resource Center also began work on over-representation in the child welfare system. For more information see the MYFI section of the DMC Resource Center.  (2002-2006)

Quality Improvement for Early Care, Health and Education Programs: Benton County Kindergarten Readiness[read more]

rk oThe results of the study indicate that social-emotional development can facilitate or decrease achievement on early literacy tests. Schools and PreK schools, "must attend to this aspect of the educational process for the benefit of all students" (Zins et al, 2004). As previous research has reported "When schools implement high quality social-emotional learing programs effectively, the academic achievement of children increases, incidences of problem behaviors decrease, and the relationships that surround each child are improved" (Elias, 2003; Richardson et al., 2005). In the context of the No Child Left Behind Act, emphasis on academic achievement needs to be balanced with social-emotional learning. Similar to Gewertz (2003) we conclude that "a deliberate and comprehensive approach to teaching children social and emotional skills can raise their grades and test scores, bolster their enthusiasm for learning, [and] reduce behavior problems...".

Clinton Community School District (CCSD) Elementary School Counselor Program

This is a three-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Education to support development of a Systems of Care Network within the Clinton Community School District in Eastern Iowa. The project is designed to meet the needs of all elementary students and their families along a continuum of need. Four targeted elementary schools are offering enhanced developmentally-appropriate and culturally-sensitive services through a solution-focused counseling program, teacher training and other capacity building initiatives. The NRCFCPconducted the evaluation of the project and is worked with project staff to improve services. Click here for a Prevention Report article about the project or click here for a recent report from focus groups conducted with parents, students and school staff. (2004-2007) [read more]

Evaluation of Abstinence Only Education in Iowa [2007 Report]
This project of the Iowa Department of Health, funded through the federal 510 Abstinence Education program, is implementing five education pilots demonstrating the use of abstinence education to prevent adolescent pregnancy.  (2003-2007) Previous reports can be found at: Recently Completed Projects; and recent reports are available here: 2006 Report 2005 Report 2004 Final Report or 2004 Executive Summary.

Evaluation of Iowa's Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Programs

This statewide evaluation includes prevention, intervention and community programs addressing reduction of teen pregnancy. The NRC has been evaluating these programs since 1997. Annual reports since 2003 are available by clicking on the report year below:

Iowa Compassion Capital Fund Demonstration Project (2007 Report)

The Iowa Compassion Capital Fund Demonstration project was intended to build the capacity of Iowa faith-based organizations (FBOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) seeking to better serve Iowans in need. The project is a part of a federal initiative in response to an executive order from the President of the United States to strengthen the capacity of FBOs/CBOs (FBCOs) in order to better address the needs of America’s local communities. The program evaluation focused on the extent to which the project:

  • Enhanced and expanded the knowledge base of Iowa’s small, grassroots FBCOs;
  • Provided sub-grant awards to FBCOs through an open competitive RFP;
  • Provided a system of training and technical assistance (T/TA) in the areas of leadership development, organizational development, programs and services, funding, and community engagement
  • Encouraged and facilitated replication with developing grassroots FBCOs; and

Evaluation of Strengthening Communities - Youth
Four out of every 5 youth (ages12-18) in our nation with a drug or alcohol problem are not receiving treatment. The SCY Project is intended to address this unmet need. The evaluation is part of the Institute for Strengthening Communities and includes a web-based MIS with a host of on-line family assessments (e.g., FACES, Issues Checklist) which is coordinated with assessments using the Global Assessment of Individual Needs (GAIN). High rates of recruitment and retention have also been achieved (click here for draft R & R Manual). An ongoing assessment of local community collaboration through network analyses of local agencies designed to facilitate a strengthened community systems of care for identification, screening and assessment, referral and treatment of youth is integrated into the project. To view a recent presentation on the project at the Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness in Washington, DC, [click here] (2002-2007)

Evaluation of the Broward County Family Success Center Family Dev. Program

The focus of the evaluation was to document processes and measure effectiveness of the family development model as it has been implemented in Broward County Florida. The outcomes of strategies employed by staff and families, the process by which outcomes were achieved and understanding of how the model has worked, where it may be refined, and what lessons have been learned that can inform replication in other Centers is provided in the report. A second focus of the evaluation was to measure and make recommendations for improving community collaboration to reduce fragmentation and foster a more coordinated, comprehensive service delivery system enhancing program effectiveness. [Final Report].

Evaluation of Community Decision-Making for Permanency
Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the State of Iowa Court Improvement Project is conducting a demonstration project in six communities around the state. The project is working with these communities to facilitate a decision-making process to select and implement alternative dispute resolution in child welfare cases. NRC is conducting an independent process and outcome evaluation. (2001-2004)

Evaluation of Lean on Me
Funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, this project of the Community Corrections Improvement Association of Linn County is conducting a peer mentoring program to address high risk behaviors among middle school-aged youth. NRC is conducting an independent evaluation of this project. (2002-2004)

Evaluation of Iowa CareGivers Association's Certified Nurse Assistant Mentor Training Project [2002 Report]
This evaluation examines the effectiveness of the Iowa CareGivers Association CNA Mentoring Program specifically as a means of worker retention. NRC is conducting an independent evaluation of this project. (2002-2004)

Social Network Analysis of the Scott County (IA) DMC (Disproportionate Minority Contact) Network
This project provides a look at the relationships between the agencies that make up the Scott County DMC Provider Network and how they change over time.  These activities are part of the technical assistance offered through the NRC as the DMC Resource Center in Iowa. (2003-2004)

Evaluation of the Iowa Compassion Capital Fund Demonstration ProjectThe Iowa Compassion Capital Fund Demonstration Project was implemented in Iowa as Compassion Iowa (CI). Its purpose was to build and enhance the capacity of Iowa faith-based organizations (FBOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) seeking to better serve Iowans in need. Direct technical assistance, professional training and sub-grant awards were used to improve organizational capacity in the five critical areas: leadership development, organizational development, programs and services, funding, and community engagement. The evaluation plan included description of how the project was implemented and operated, how the original design was followed and the extent of adaptations to the proposed strategies. Documentation established a written record of the approach which others may then adopt with fidelity, or adapt to meet local needs. To access the final report click here.

Evaluation of the Johnson County Early Learning Initiative

Working with the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County (IA), the NRCFCP is evaluating this project funded by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Child Care Bureau (CCB) through the Early Opportunity Learning Act (ELOA). The JCELI targets educational and health outcomes for young children from birth to age 5 and prepares them for a successful school experience through a community education campaign, provider training and support, and early childhood services and interventions. (2004-2006). To access the final evaluation report click here.

Evaluation of Pregnancy Prevention and Abstinence Only Education [Read more]
This project of the Iowa Department of Health implemented four education pilots and two community pilots demonstrating the use of abstinence education to prevent adolescent pregnancy. (1998-2003). The 2005 evaluation report contains the most recent research and evaluation related to the Iowa adolescent pregnancy prevention and abstinence-only education projects.

Broadway Neighborhood Revitalization Project [Read more]

The NRC is collaborating with the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County to conduct a community assessment and produce a community development plan for the Broadway Street Neighborhood. With major funding from Southgate Development, Inc., door-to-door interviews of approximately 400 neighborhood residents are currently underway.

Network Guide to Measuring Family Development Outcomes [Read more]
The Network Guide documents a variety of exemplary approaches and describes how these approaches work. Lessons learned are provided for identification, implementation, use, reporting and improvement of outcomes of family development programs. (2002-2003)

Evaluation of Polk County (IA) Wraparound Project for African American Adolescents
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Funded by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this project engaged the community in a consensus building and planning process to evaluate the feasibility of implementing the Wraparound service model for African American adolescents with co-occurring mental disorders and substance abuse disorders. (2002-2003)

Evaluation of South Santa Clara County (CA) Wraparound Project for Latino Children and Youth [Read more]
Funded by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this project engaged the community in a consensus building and planning process to develop a Wraparound Model and evaluate the feasibility of implementing the Wraparound service model for Latino children and adolescents with co-occurring mental disorders and substance abuse disorders. (2002-2003)

Social Network Analysis of Collaboration among Service Network Providers for the Iowa Strengthening Communities – Youth (SCY) Project
Funded through SAMHSA, this project assessed the Iowa SCY system of care network of agencies and the effect that the startup of the SCY project had on the relationships within the network of service providers. (2002 Report). The SCY project also produced a manual for maximizing recruitment and retention of study participants [click here] who engaged in the practice called Strengths Oriented Family Therapy or SOFT.


Automated Assessment of Family Progress

Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through a grant to the Iowa Community Action Association, this project has developed an automated system for measuring outcomes of Community Action Agencies. The system is operational in all CAAs in the state of Iowa. Technical assistance in learning how to use the database was provided by the NRC. (1999-2002)

Evaluation of the Iowa Wraparound Project for Latino Children and Youth
Funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration this evaluation includes process and outcomes measures of community consensus building to implement an exemplary intervention practice. (2000-2002)

Local Outcomes Technical Assistance for Boone and Dallas Counties (IA)

This project provided technical assistance to community collaboratives in Boone and Dallas counties in developing outcome measures and reporting systems. (2001-2002)

Evaluation of the Clinton Substance Abuse Council Drug Free Communities Initiative

Funded by the Federal Drug Free Communities grant, this evaluation includes network analysis of collaboration building and outcome measures of community based programs providing intervention services. (2001-2002)

Evaluation of the Life Options Program

As part of the federally funded Des Moines Success Program, the Life Options Program is continuing in the Des Moines Community School District. This program model, developed by Michael Carerra, seeks to prevent adolescent pregnancy by providing high-risk youth with a variety of educational, health, and recreational supports. (2000-2002)

Evaluation of the Family Strengthening Cooperative Agreement
Funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, this study evaluated the implementation and outcomes of the Community Corrections Improvement Association. (1999-2001)

Validation of the California State University Monterey Bay/Packard Foundation

Empirical assessment of the reliability and validity of the California Family Development Matrix Model. (1999-2001)

Evaluation of the Healthy Start Cooperative Agreement
Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Maternal and Child Health, Healthy Start sought to improve health outcomes for infants and mothers in a targeted high-risk area in the city of Des Moines. Healthy Start implemented three primary components: case management, service facilitation (through transportation, childcare, and translation services), and consortium development. The evaluation included tracking of key performance indicators over time, analysis of case specific data, consumer satisfaction, network analysis of interagency collaboration, and cost analysis. (1997-2001)

Local Outcomes Technical Assistance Project
Funded by the Iowa Department of Human Services, this project is providing technical assistance to more than 25 community collaboratives around the state in developing outcome measures and reporting systems. (1999-2000)

Evaluation of the Life Options Program at Casady Alternative School
The Des Moines Public Schools, with funding from multiple community foundations, implemented the Life Options model at an alternative school. This program model, developed by Michael Carerra, seeks to prevent adolescent pregnancy by providing high-risk youth with a variety of educational, health, and recreational supports. A quasi-experimental design was implemented to compare youth in the Life Options program with a group of youth from other schools in the community. (1997-2000)

Mediation for Permanency Project
This demonstration project, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services' Adoption Opportunities Program, was conducted by the Iowa Department of Human Services in collaboration with Family Resources, Inc. and Four Oaks, Inc., two private nonprofit agencies in Iowa. The project used mediation to resolve conflicts in child welfare cases in situations involving out of home placement, permanency hearing, and termination of parental rights. (1997-2000, Report)

For more information on Research & Evaluation contact:
Brad Richardson, Research Director
Research Scientist & Adj. Assoc. Professor
(319) 335-4924
brad-richardson@uiowa.edu

Kellee Thorburn McCrory, MPH
Iowa Center for Evaluation Research

The University of Iowa School of Social Work
National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice
100 MTP4, Room 162
Iowa City, IA 52242-5000
kellee-mccrory@uiowa.edu

 
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