Outcomes for Impact: How to Guide for Outcome & Program Evaluation.
CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties (Co.)
CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties
1100 Judicial Center Drive
Brighton, CO 80601
This report explores how Colorado Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers are changing the odds for children and the activities and accomplishments of the Outcomes for Impact project. It notes the Outcomes for Impact project delivers a practical data collection and evaluation process that allows programs to assess the effectiveness of their programs and how they can continuously improve to best equip CASA volunteers with the tools and support they need. Section 1 provides background information on the Outcomes for Impact project, the scope of the project, and the collaborative approach used to deliver an effective evaluation system. Section 2 explains the value of outcome evaluation for CASA programs and the CASA organization as a whole, and identifies key output domains. Steps that were taken to develop evidence-based outcome domains are discussed, including a brief history of child welfare outcomes that provided a framework for CASA program outcomes. In addition, the overarching outcome areas that CASA volunteers can impact are identified, and literature is summarized corresponding to each area. Areas include: general advocacy, educational advocacy, and youth advocacy. CASA program outcomes and specific outcome measures for each corresponding outcome are then listed in Section 3. Section 4 explains the data collection learning process and provides a CASA court recommendation guide. Section 5 provides logic models for each area, and Section 6 discusses what measurement processes are in place for children involved in child welfare on a national, State, local, and child level, and indicate the sources for comparison data so that CASA programs staff have a means of locating data that aligns with the outcome measures. 6 references.
CASA; CHILD WELFARE SERVICES; EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE; CHILD ADVOCACY; PERMANENCY; ABUSED CHILDREN; NEGLECTED CHILDREN; CHILD PROTECTION; CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES; FOSTER CARE; CHILD PLACEMENT; OUTCOMES; PROGRAM EVALUATION; COLORADO; logic models