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Family Drug Treatment Court Evaluation

Milwaukee County Family Drug Treatment Court Evaluation
Partner: Milwaukee County Children’s Court
IMPACT Planning & Evaluation serves as the evaluator for Milwaukee County’s Family Drug Treatment Court (FDTC), which is funded through a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). FDTC works with parents whose children have been removed from their care due to safety concerns arising from the parents’ substance use. The program engages parents for 12-18 months, using a four-phase approach to substance abuse treatment and focuses on safe parenting. IMPACT Planning & Evaluation provides formative evaluation to the FDTC in order to help strengthen the program and to provide feedback about the extent to which it is meeting its goals and objectives.

PEARLS for Teen Girls Program Evaluation

Partner: PEARLS for Teen Girls
PEARLS for Teen Girls is a self-development program serving primarily at-risk, African American girls in Milwaukee. PEARLS offers an array of programs focused on the development of leadership and resiliency skills to help teenage girls achieve their goals and realize their dreams. Since 2012, IMPACT Planning and Evaluation has partnered with PEARLS to assist it in building its internal capacity to do and use evaluation. The process has involved working with staff and other stakeholders to identify relevant outcomes, collect and analyze data on the population served and the outcomes achieved, and use findings to enhance programming.

Substance Abuse Treatment Program Evaluations

Meta House SAMHSA Evaluations
Partner: Meta House, Inc.
Meta House has three grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide family-centered, trauma-informed substance abuse treatment to women and their children. The Maternal Reflections project provides residential treatment to pregnant or postpartum women with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders and to their children. The project also engages children’s fathers, partners, and other family members in services. The LIVE project provides intensive outpatient treatment to women with substance use disorders who are at high risk of HIV infection/transmission and to their children. The Healthy Connections project makes use of new technologies (e.g., electronic health records, smartphone applications, etc.) to enhance the capacity of Meta House to engage, retain, and serve women with substance use disorders. IMPACT Planning & Evaluation works in partnership with Meta House to evaluate the outcomes of these programs through pre-post analyses of extensive interview data collected from women at program intake, at discharge, and at follow-ups that occur six and 12 months after intake.

Substance Abuse and Child Welfare Program Evaluations

Meta House Children’s Bureau Evaluations
Partner: Meta House, Inc.
Meta House has two grants from the Children’s Bureau through the Federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to provide family-centered, trauma-informed substance abuse treatment to women whose children are/may be involved in the child welfare system. The OFFSPRG project provides residential services and the SAFIR project provides intensive outpatient services. Both projects focus on developing collaborations across the various systems in which families are involved (substance abuse treatment, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health, the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, Children’s Court, etc.). The projects’ goals include reducing women’s substance use and mental health symptoms, supporting children’s developmental and social-emotional status, and reuniting and reconnecting families. IMPACT Planning & Evaluation serves as the external evaluator, implementing local evaluations to assess the accomplishment of project goals and objectives and contributing to cross-site evaluations of similar efforts nationally.

Summer Reading Program

Partners: United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee Recreation Department and Hunger Task Force.
The summer slide is a loss of approximately two months of learning. Because of this loss, in fall teachers spend the first months re-teaching material that has been lost over the summer. Research suggests that this it is preventable when children read six books over the summer. Faye McBeath has engaged IMPACT Planning & Evaluation to evaluate nine pilot programs in Milwaukee which are putting books into the hands of children. In addition IMPACT Planning & Evaluation staff acts as a Summer Reading Coordinator, advocating for the project, sharing opportunities with partners and supporting agencies that conduct summer reading programming.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Youth Work Learning Center (YWLC)

- During the summer of 2014 IMPACT was engaged in facilitating three focus groups for the YWLC, an education, research, and staff development resource for youth care workers (i.e. staff working in residential treatment, foster care, etc.). The focus groups were designed to identify emerging trends in youth out-of-home care and understand the role the YWLC could play in meeting the needs of the organizations delivering these services. IMPACT wrote focus group questions, facilitated the focus groups, and summarized focus group findings.