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NCJ Number: 78809 Find in a Library
Title: National Evaluation of the Runaway Youth Program - Executive Summary
Corporate Author: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Youth Development Bureau
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20201
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report summarizes the results of an evaluation of over a 19-month period of the National Runaway Youth Program, which was designed to determine the extent to which youth projects met original legislative goals and to measure against these same goals the impact of the services provided on clients.
Abstract: Data were gathered through literature reviews and site visits. Overall, the projects have successfully operationalized the goals of the program by meeting the immediate needs of youth, resolving family problems, securing stable living arrangements for youth, and helping youth decide upon a future course of action. The projects provided such services as individual, family, and group counseling; legal and medical assistance; and placement services and demonstrated positive working relationships with key service providers. Most of the projects had developed written policy procedures, had conducted formal staff performance reviews, had implemented case management practices, and had established open communication systems among staff members. All but 1 of the 20 evaluation sites developed local goals in addition to the legislative ones, and all projects demonstrated considerable diversity and range in their services. Projects are becoming increasingly integrated into their local youth service networks in contrast to initial runaway programs which operated as informal 'counter-culture' undertakings. The most serious service limitations were the provision of followup and after care services. Projects served a diverse client population and achieved positive impact on clients; they are generating new funding sources and developing volunteer programs, and are developing new service models. Footnotes are included.
Index Term(s): Runaway Youth Act of 1974; Runaways; Services effectiveness; Success factors
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