Synthesis of Research and Resources to Support at-Risk Youth
The Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children & Families launched the Youth Demonstration Development Project (YDD) in 2009 to systematically review the current field of research on youth development and successful transition to adulthood. The primary objective of YDD, which is being conducted for OPRE by Mathematica Policy Research and its partner, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, is to identify, modify, or develop conceptual frameworks that could be applied to existing or new ACF programs to improve the well-being of at-risk youth and increase their ability to become self-sufficient adults and avoid long-term reliance on public assistance. The frameworks will inform decisions by ACF about possible demonstrations and evaluations of innovative approaches to improving outcomes among youth at risk of not achieving self-sufficiency.
The project recently released the “Synthesis of Research and Resources to Support At-Risk Youth,” which synthesizes the current state of knowledge related to the transition to adulthood for key ACF populations. During the remainder of the contract, the project will develop and refine a conceptual framework(s) and engage ACF program office staff and its Technical Working Group. In addition, the project will include fieldwork to explore programs that have similarities to the framework(s) developed, and to learn more about how this framework(s) could be implemented and tested. The project will also assess the readiness of programs of interest for evaluation.