Project Outcomes to Date: Roca’s
Intervention Model has shown significant results for very high-risk young people who are out of school and are street, court and gang involved. In FY 2012, Roca
served 409 very high-risk young men through its intervention model. Each of these young men were aged 17-24 who have been involved with the criminal justice system, have limited education (no high school diploma or GED unless it was attained in prison) and limited work experience.Of those eligible for services, Roca
retained 78% and engaged them in the intervention model throughout the course of the year. Of those who completed the intensive component of the model in 2012, 90% have had no new arrests; 100% have had no new technical violations; 79% of program graduates were on track to retain employment for a minimum of 6 months; and 70% have demonstrated education gains.
Internal Evaluation and Commitment to Performance Based Management:
Roca tracks participant outcomes through its Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) software, a customizable data collection system, which allows each organization to track and measure components of their approaches to engagement and youth participation in programming.
ETO captures movement toward the out-of-harm’s-way outcome through tracking the development of the transformational relationship over time and through tracking the stages of change related to specific behavior change outcomes. Roca utilizes a range of outcomes focused on young people living out of harm’s way and moving towards economic self-sufficiency. Youth workers select appropriate outcomes to focus on with young people based on their individual issues and barriers to success.
Behavior change outcomes examine substance abuse, educational engagement, employment engagement, unhealthy relationships, pregnancy prevention, court compliance, street/gang Involvement, etc. These outcomes are measured by examining program attendance, program retention, school attendance, overall educational gains, academic skill gains, pre-vocational skill achievements, progress in transitional employment programming, job placement, and job retention and advancement.
Roca is now working with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago on a formal implementation evaluation to demonstrate our model as an evidence-based intervention that consistently moves high risk young men towards positive outcomes. Additionally, as part of the state’s Social Investment Financing Initiative, the impact of Roca’s intervention model is being rigorously evaluated with respect to long term reductions in recidivism and increased engagement in employment.