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

By Elaine Reardon; Robert F. Schoeni et al. | Go to book overview

5.
THE PROJECTS AND THEIR PARTNERS

INTRODUCTION

This section of the report discusses the partners involved in the LTFSS Plan. The Countywide Evaluation that is the basis for this report is designed to address the first level of the two-level RBDM Framework: outcomes at the countywide level. The second level of the RBDM Framework concerns the 46 projects and the project evaluations that assess how well specific agencies and projects effect change for their clients. Because the LTFSS Plan is intended to create a synergistic effect in that together the projects will lead to better outcomes for low-income families, the Countywide Evaluation is charged with describing the projects. This includes summarizing information from the project evaluations including how they are thought to affect the indicators and whether projects can be expected to contribute to the Countywide outcomes. For similar reasons, the Countywide Evaluation is also charged with identifying public- and private-sector partners who are or should be playing a role in helping the County improve its outcomes for children and families.

In this chapter, we summarize the projects with respect to their indicators and discuss their potential impact on the indicators. However, as noted in Chapter 1, as of January 2002, only half the projects have begun delivering services to their clients, some of these only recently. It is therefore too early to incorporate the results from project evaluations, though many projects (and most of the implemented projects) have submitted their preliminary evaluation deliverables. Results from project evaluations will be included in next year's report. We also summarize the partnerships that have been developed as part of the LTFSS Plan. The material for this chapter is drawn from Schoeni et al. (2001) and Davis et al. (2001); readers are referred to those documents for a more in-depth discussion.


PARTNERS IN THE LTFSS PLAN

The LTFSS Plan is intended to address the needs of low-income families in Los Angeles County holistically. This is apparent in the Plan's Vision and Common Themes:

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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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