Research and Evidence-Based Practices are becoming an increasing focus of interest and expected standard of service delivery and evaluation in the RHY field. Based on the medical model of practice, evidence-based practices are intended to identify those programs and services that demonstrate effective outcomes and positive impact on youth and families served. The transient nature of runaway and homeless youth makes research challenging with this population and current research is limited in comparison to other health-care and social services fields. However, the importance of conducting research to establish and identify evidence-based practices is recognized by the current ACYF administration and has become and established RHYTTAC priority.
RHYTTAC is dedicated to providing grantees with the latest research impacting RHY youth and RHY providers. Additionally, RHYTTAC will provide guidance and support to grantees in creating and implementing strong evaluation tools with which to contribute to the growing body of evidence which demonstrates the positive impact of RHY services.
For more information or questions regarding research and evaluation, contact Stacy Meadows, RHYTTAC Evidence-Based Practice and Outcome Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During June 2015, National Runaway Safeline (NRS) released their report on the National Trends on Youth in Crisis in the United States. The follow excerpt is from the executive summary:
The aim of the SOP Data Collection Study was to obtain information on service utilization and needs from a subset of homeless street youth being served by a cohort of SOP grantees funded in fiscal year 2010 (data collection occurred in 2013).
Presented to the Office of the President and Congress on June 22, 2010, Opening Doors is the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness.