Evaluation of the Advancing Recovery program

The Foundation's program, Advancing Recovery: State/Provider Partnerships for Quality Addiction Care, was designed to support partnerships between treatment provider organizations that deliver care, and states that are in the unique role of being both the largest purchaser of publicly funded treatment services (70 percent) and regulators and licensers of those services.Variability exists in how states are structured to purchase and regulate addiction treatment care and in how providers implement addiction treatment. This project will use quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate the Foundation's Advancing Recovery program by highlighting implementation and impact within participating states and maximizing opportunities to make data comparisons. The goal of this evaluation is to: (1) track the effects of strategies involving state authorities and addiction treatment providers on the adoption of selected evidence-based practices and client retention in treatment; (2) illuminate implementation strategies used by certain state-provider partnerships; and (3) examine the sustainability of strategies used at the state and provider levels to promote client retention. Using longitudinal research methods, the evaluation strategy will integrate data from representatives from state authorities, addiction treatment organization leaders and staff of all of these organizations. Data sources will include staff surveys, databases from participating agencies and focus group feedback, to name a few. Data will be collected at baseline and then at six-month intervals until 36 months post-baseline. Site visits will be performed to collect data and meet with grantees in person. During site visits, qualitative focus groups will be conducted with key constituents involved in implementing strategies in each state-provider partnership to track changes in attitudes and practices among constituents over time. Repeated walk-through exercises will be performed by groups of agency staff and evaluation team members to yield insights into procedural and structural barriers that might block the use of evidence-based practices in provider agencies. The evaluation team for this initiative will include experts in quantitative and qualitative addiction treatment research. Key deliverables will include peer-reviewed articles and progress reports, which will be shared with providers and states, regardless of whether they participate in Advancing Recovery. Products will be disseminated in print and via the Advancing Recovery and RWJF Web sites, as well as in peer-reviewed journals.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $1,899,620.00

Awarded on: 9/20/2006

Time frame: 10/1/2006 - 6/30/2011

Grant Number: 57786


University of Georgia Institute for Behavioral Research

414 Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center
Athens, 30602-7419


Paul M. Roman
Project Director