Countywide Evaluation of the Long-Term Family Self-Sufficiency Plan: Countywide Evaluation Report

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3.
RESULT AND OUTCOMES

INTRODUCTION
In this chapter, we list the desired result of the LTFSS Plan and the five outcome areas the LTFSS Plan was intended to address. We then discuss the 26 indicators within the five outcome areas and the selection of the five headline indicators that are the focus of the discussion in Chapter 4. The material for this chapter is drawn from Hedderson and Schoeni, 2001; readers are referred to that document for a more in-depth discussion.
RESULT
The LTFSS Plan envisions 46 interrelated projects working toward a single result: sustained self-sufficiency for CalWORKs families, former CalWORKs families, and other low-income families in Los Angeles County.
OUTCOME AREAS AND INDICATORS
The Board's instructions to the NDTF were to create “strategies that provide maximum effectiveness to stabilize families by building their capacity to become self-sustaining. ” To do so, and following the RBDM Framework, the NDTF began by identifying measurable indicators. These indicators were to:
Guide future planning and program decisions by focusing on positive outcomes for families;
Broadly reflect the various aspects of Long-Term Family SelfSufficiency; and
Be measurable through qualitative and/or quantitative data, which is currently available or can be readily generated.

The NDTF identified 26 indicators, displayed in Table 3.1. They are grouped according to the Board's five outcome areas: Good Health; Safety and Survival; Economic Well-Being; Social and Emotional Well-Being; and Educational and Workforce Readiness. Indicator data will be used to assess the

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Preface iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables ix
  • Figures xi
  • Executive Summary xiii
  • Acknowledgments xxv
  • Acronyms xxvii
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • 2 - What's at Stake 5
  • 3 - Result and Outcomes 11
  • 4 - Baseline Data and the Story Behind the Baselines 15
  • 5 - The Projects and Their Partners 39
  • 6 - Assessment of the Ltfss Plan Framework 55
  • 7 - Assessment of the Evaluation Framework 91
  • 8 - Quality Improvement Steps 105
  • Appendix A - Data Sources 109
  • References 139
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