Research Report Preparing for a “Next Generation” Evaluation of Independent Living Programs for Youth in Foster Care
Marla McDaniel, Mark Courtney, Michael Pergamit, Christopher Lowenstein
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Policymakers have long been concerned about the poor outcomes experienced by youth in foster care transitioning to adulthood. Experimental evaluations of independent living programs conducted under the John H Chafee Independence Act found the programs studied showed limited evidence of effectiveness; however, the evaluation made important observations about independent living programs overall and provided guidance for ongoing efforts to improve services for transition-age youth in foster care. This brief presents a conceptual framework, typology, and central conclusions from current planning efforts to develop an agenda for future evaluation activities.
Research Areas Education Children and youth Child welfare
Tags Financial knowledge and capability Child welfare Foster care Youth development
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population