NCCD Partners with Westat in Evaluating California Well-Being Project

2015-12-14

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) has partnered with Westat in the evaluation of the Title IV-E California Well-Being Project. The evaluation team, led by NCCD, will complete a comprehensive evaluation including process, outcome, and cost studies during the research period 2015-20. To this partnership, Westat brings extensive skill in using large and complex administrative data sets for research and extensive experience with evaluating Federal IV-E Waivers.

Title IV-E Child Welfare Waiver Demonstrations provide states with an opportunity to use Title IV-B and Title IV-E funds flexibly in designing and implementing child welfare service innovations. These innovations target improved child safety, permanency, and well-being.

California’s 5-year demonstration project, implemented in nine counties, includes two primary interventions.

  • Safety Organized Practice/Core Practice Model (SOP/CPM). Participating county child welfare departments will implement this intervention that is designed to reduce the likelihood of child maltreatment.
  • Wraparound. Participating county probation departments will implement this intensive, individualized case planning and service process.

The evaluation is also examining

  • Juvenile justice system involvement among youth served by the project
  • Differences in recidivism for youth served by child welfare systems versus those on probation

“Westat is pleased to partner with NCCD on the evaluation of California’s IV-E Waiver,” states Jaymie Lorthridge, Ph.D., Westat’s project manager for the research. “This waiver is providing a unique opportunity to study the approaches of two systems, child welfare and juvenile justice, to increasing safety, permanency, and well-being.”