Performance Improvement 2009. How Has the Life Skills Independent Living Program Impacted Foster Care Youth?


This was the final process and impact study from another one of four programs evaluated as part of the Multi-Site Evaluation of Foster Youth Programs. Impact findings were based on a two-year follow-up of youth in foster care in Los Angeles County who participated in a random assignment evaluation of the Life Skills Training Program. Youth were 17 years old at the time of random assignment to either a treatment group that was offered access to Life Skills Training, or to a control group. Concrete measures of the transition to adulthood were examined. Education and employment measures included completion of a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma and current employment status. Economic well-being was measured by reported earnings and current net worth, economic hardship, and receipt of formal and informal financial assistance.

There were found few impacts on outcome. After adjusting significance levels to account for the possibility of false positive results, no significant impacts remained.

Report Title: Evaluation of the Life Skills Training Program: Los Angeles County, California
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Maria Woolverton, 202-205-4039
Performer: Urban Institute
PIC ID: 8941

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