Performance Improvement 2006. Designing a Rigorous Evaluation of a Maternity Group Home Program


The Office of Human Services Policy (OHSP) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) contracted with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc (MPR) to conduct a study of how Maternity Group Home programs operate and to explore options for studying them further. This third and final report discusses the feasibility of evaluating the effectiveness of existing maternity group home programs using a random assignment research design. The contractor developed a set of criteria to identify and select promising programs for study. Two researchers visited the site programs for two to three days to gather information about the program operations and service delivery. Georgia’s Second Chance Homes program, operated by the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (GCAPP), was determined to be the only viable candidate for such a study. Therefore, the report focuses on a comprehensive evaluation plan for the GCAPP program model. The evaluation plan includes an implementation and in-depth study of participants’ life circumstances. It also includes an impact study that examines the success of the program in improving key outcomes. Finally, the evaluation assesses the cost of serving teens in the program compared to the costs of serving them in alternative settings.

PIC ID: 8180.2; Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy; Federal Contact: Trivits, Lisa, 202-205-5750; Performer: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Princeton, NJ

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