Evaluating Texas' Child Maltreatment Prevention Program, Project HOPES: What We Learned and Where We Will Go.
Nulu, Swetha. McKerlie, Kate.
The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing.
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Texas Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing
Lake Austin Centre The University of Texas at Austin 3001 Lake Austin Blvd Suite 1.204
Austin, TX 78712
This webpage highlights findings from a cross-site evaluation of Project HOPES (Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Supports), a child maltreatment prevention initiative in Texas. It begins by explaining Project HOPES is a three-phase initiative that awards grants to Texas counties that are determined to be at-risk for child abuse and neglect. Implemented in 2014, each phase consists of eight counties, resulting in a total of 24 counties across Texas by 2017. With the focus on enhancing community collaboration and building capacity on already established community programs, Project HOPES’ mission is to empower local communities and families through education, skills, and resources to prevent child abuse and neglect. After analyzing Project HOPES’ first year of implementation, findings indicate Project HOPES supported the following primary evidence-based parent education programs: Parent as Teachers, SafeCare 24/7 Dad, Triple P, AVANCE, and the Incredible years. Additional services were also provided. Data from 242 online surveys by staff and community members, 210 interviews and focus groups with parents, staff members, and coalition/community members, the Prevention and Early Intervention State database, and quarterly reports from sites of coalition involvement show community coalitions proved to be instrumental in actively engaging the community about child maltreatment prevention; allowing staff to adapt evidence-based programs and use an evidence-informed framework may help them better serve clients with unique needs; and direct services were shown to be effective at empowering families with the skills and resources they need. Recommendations for the program are explained.
Texas; interagency collaboration; community based services; evidence based practice; capacity building; child abuse; child neglect; prevention programs; child welfare training