Performance Improvement 2013-2014. What is the Study Design for the “Linking Action for Unmet Needs in Children's Health” Project?

01/01/2014

A cross-site evaluation was conducted for the Linking Action for Unmet Needs in Children's Health (LAUNCH) Project, a new grant program designed to promote the wellness of young children ages birth to 8 years of age by addressing the physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of their development.

The majority of the staff in LAUNCH reported change in their knowledge of children‘s socio-emotional development and appropriate referrals and in the use of mental health consultation and systematic screening and assessment. Over 24,000 providers were trained across child service disciplines to effectively promote healthy social and emotional development. Across three cohorts and a multi-year implementation period, over 14,000 families received parenting training and support through evidence-based prevention programs. Over 6,000 community organizations collaborated to successfully enact policies, financial mechanisms, and reforms that improve the integration and efficiency of the child-serving system. Community successes included increased use of data in decision-making, a greater focus on trauma-informed care, expanded referral systems, and, in a few communities, policy changes related to reimbursement and access to care.

Report Title: Cross-site Evaluation of Project LAUNCH Study
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Laura Hoard, 202-401-4561
Performer: Abt Associates
Record ID: 9710 (September 29, 2013)

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