2018 National RHY Grantees Training Topical Institutes

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Making Data Work for You
In serving homeless youth, it is important to be strategic with resources (time, money, social capital, etc.), no matter how limited. RHY grantees put a lot of work into collecting data from the youth they serve: their needs, their demographics, the services provided, and their outcomes—their stories. The data submitted to federal officers help inform funding and program design. Collected data can also be used by grantees to see what is working in their program, and what could be improved.

In this institute, presenters will review the types and kind of data collected in RHY-HMIS and how it can be used to measure effectiveness and outcomes, using the new RHY-HMIS Data Dashboard. Participants will also explore stories from grantees of how they used their RHY data (and other data) to raise funds, shift program resources, attain outcomes, and be more sustainable. 

The session will explore (at a high level) how the data can be utilized to populate a logic model that further guides RHY program efforts and show funders why investment in programs can best serve homeless youth, make programs more sustainable, and achieve desired outcomes.

The institute will include a panel discussion with open Q&A to explore common obstacles RHY programs encounter and ways to collect, report, and use data to help programs succeed in reaching their goals.

  1. Participants will be provided information for understanding the RHY-HMIS Data Dashboard.
  2. Participants will be provided instruction on how to use the dashboard with their data.
  3. Participants will be provided information on how RHY-HMIS data can complement their logic model.
  4. Participants will be provided information on how other RHY grantees have successfully used data to meet program goals.
  5. Participants will have the opportunity to explore specific data-related challenges/opportunities they have encountered.
John McGah, American Institutes for Research
Jennifer Loeffler-Cobia, American Institutes for Research
Representative of the Family and Youth Services Bureau
RHY grantee representative(s)


Staff Development and Support  
RHY programs, like most non-profits, struggle to recruit, develop, and keep skilled and motivated staff. Compassion fatigue and the effects of secondary trauma contribute to an already challenging job, often leading to staff “burnout” and turnover.

This institute will provide information and strategies for successful staff development and support. The training will consider workplace culture and climate, workforce development programming, and the provision of support.

A panel of grantees from the RHY field will share their experience and expertise in the area of staff development and support. The panel members represent urban and rural organizations of various sizes from across the country. Following the panel presentation, participants will break into small groups to discuss program needs and strategize solutions. Panelists will share how to create action plans geared towards staff development and support.

  1. Participants will be provided information on the key components of staff development and support.
  2. Participants will be provided proven strategies and models of best practice in this area.
  3. Participants will be provided the opportunity to consider their own organization/program strengths, challenges, and needs in the area of staffing.
  4. Participants will be provided information on how to develop action plans to address specific staff development and support needs.
Kim Morgan, Krysta Esquivel, and Kristina Halmai, YMCA Youth and Family Services
Julianne Kirby, Haven House Services
Audrey Field, Urban Peak Colorado Springs
Evelyn Correa, YouthCare
Elisabeth Jackson, Bridge Over Troubled Waters