Project Outcomes to Date: Roca’s historical outcomes show a robust model that is continually improving: In 2012, 90% of participants in the follow up and retention phase of Roca’s model had no new arrests, increasing to 93% in 2015; in 2012, 79% of participants retained employment, increasing to 92% in 2015. Roca’s Intervention Model offers a profound solution to the destructive cycle of poverty, violence, and incarceration that can affect youth and young adults for the rest of their lives.
Internal Evaluation and Commitment to Performance Based Management: At Roca, we know that good intentions don’t always produce good results. If we are not helping young people stay out of jail and get jobs, then we might as well close our doors. So we’ve spent the better part of the last decade developing an Intervention Model that focuses on results first. Weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annually, Roca tracks and evaluates data regarding participant progress and staff performance, using this data to affect continuous improvement.
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.