Coordination of local evaluations for RWJF's Reclaiming Futures program

The Foundation's program, Reclaiming Futures: Communities Helping Teens Overcome Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime, was designed to: (1) develop new service delivery models that integrate comprehensive services into the juvenile justice system and promote the creation of community-based systems of care for substance-abusing youthful offenders; and (2) foster the development of local judicial leadership to guide juvenile justice and substance abuse treatment partnerships, and assist community-based treatment providers in assessing their effectiveness.The local evaluation component of the Reclaiming Futures program tracks the impact of system changes in multiple services systems, including juvenile courts, probation, mental health and drug treatment agencies, on the perceptions and behaviors of youth engaged in those systems. Jeffrey Butts, Ph.D., and the national evaluation team at the Urban Institute, initially conducted the local evaluations. However, duties associated with the local evaluations were never formally included in the terms of the evaluation grant from RWJF to the Urban Institute. In August 2005, Dr. Butts left Urban Institute to join the faculty of the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago and became a subcontractor with the Urban Institute. Given that coordination of the local evaluation efforts are not formally written into Dr. Butts' subcontract, he requested additional funds in order to continue his work on the local evaluations. This grant project will be used to help Dr. Butts maintain contact with local evaluation sites and provide them with the guidance and expertise they need to complete the final two years of their grants. This project will be considered successful if it implicitly supports Dr. Butts in helping the local evaluators gather valid data and create informative reports that can be disseminated by the Foundation.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $57,991.00

Awarded on: 4/24/2006

Time frame: 5/1/2006 - 10/31/2007

Grant Number: 56585


Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago

1313 East 60th Street
Chicago, 60637-2830


Jeffrey Alan Butts
Project Director