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How do we measure the success of a foster care transition initiative?

Helping young people move out of foster care

Foster youth who “age out” of the child welfare system, known as transition-age youth, face education, employment, health, and mental health challenges exacerbated by a lack of support networks and resources needed to achieve self-sufficiency.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has taken a leadership role in mitigating these challenges by implementing an ongoing strategic initiative for transition-age foster youth, ages 16-24, in Los Angeles County and New York City.

The initiative, launched in 2012, leverages strategic grantmaking to nonprofit organizations for services, research, and advocacy to advance efforts toward improving outcomes for transition-age youth.

To evaluate if the initiative is meeting its goals, the foundation has tapped Westat to develop and manage its Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning component of the Initiative. Activities include comprehensive data collection from grantees and the use of administrative data to inform annual and special project reports; dissemination efforts include annual convenings and reports.

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