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CVPP Evaluation: Youth Employment Program & Parent Program. Presentation by: Jessica Reichert, Senior Research Analyst Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority CVPP Steering Committee Meeting February 13, 2014. Evaluation of Youth Employment Program. YEP evaluation methods.

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cvpp evaluation youth employment program parent program

CVPP Evaluation:Youth Employment Program & Parent Program

Presentation by:

Jessica Reichert, Senior Research Analyst

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

CVPP Steering Committee Meeting

February 13, 2014

yep evaluation methods
YEP evaluation methods
  • Administrative data
  • Job readiness training survey
  • Mentor training survey
  • Employer exit survey
  • Coordinator manager survey
  • Mentor exit survey
  • Youth exit survey
  • Youth pre- and post-assessment
lead agencies program data
Lead Agencies: Program data
  • 7,254 youth applied to the program
  • 1,894 were accepted
  • 1,604 completed job readiness training
  • 1,838 were assigned a mentor
  • 1,466 completed employment
youth on job readiness training
Youth: On job readiness training

Agreed or strongly agreed about the training:

youth on job readiness training1
Youth: On job readiness training

Spend more time on

  • Resumes, applications (n=48)
  • Interview techniques (n=44)
  • Money management (n=29)

Spend less time on:

  • Dressing appropriately for a job (n=45)
  • Hygiene (n=31)
youth on job readiness training2
Youth: On job readiness training

Liked best about the training:

  • Learning job readiness/life skills (n=152)
  • Activities/role plays/games (n=95)
  • Teamwork/ group discussion (n=81)

Change about the training

  • Nothing (n=228)
  • More interactive activities (n=131)
  • More organized/prepared (n=69)
mentors on training
Mentors: On training

Agreed or strongly agreed about the training:

mentors on training1
Mentors: On training

Spend more time on:

  • Nothing (n=31)
  • More time with youth (n=13)
  • Dealing with problems, crises, emergencies (n=10)
employer program ratings
Employer: Program ratings

Ratings:

  • YEP was successful or very succesful-85%
  • Satisfied or very satisfied with their experience as a YEP employer- 84%
  • Satisfied or very satisfied with matching of youth with their agency- 81%
  • Good or very good communication with YEP staff - 80%
  • YEP youth were prepared or very prepared 71%
employer change about program
Employer: Change about program
  • Nothing (n=15)
  • More preparation for youth (n=15)
  • Longer program/more hours for youth (n=13)
  • Better communication with program (n=12)
coordinators managers ratings
Coordinators/Managers: Ratings

Rated aspects of YEP good or very good:

coordinator manager comment
Coordinator/Manager: Comment

“I really appreciated the fact that it kept a lot of kids off the street this summer and gave them a chance, not only to do something positive, but earn money.”

mentors ratings
Mentors: Ratings

Rated aspects of YEP good or very good:

mentor on relationship w mentee
Mentor: On relationship w/ mentee

Rated aspects of YEP good or very good:

youth how learned about yep
Youth: How learned about YEP

How learned about YEP

youth ratings of program
Youth: Ratings of program

Rated aspects of YEP good or excellent:

youth training skills used
Youth: Training skills used
  • Time management- 77%
  • Dressing appropriately for the job- 75%
  • Professional vocab, communication- 70%
  • Money management- 59%
  • Conflict resolution- 54%
youth gain from mentoring
Youth: Gain from mentoring?

Most common responses:

  • Guidance/general advice (n=85)
  • A Relationship/Someone I can talk to and trust (n=82)
  • Confidence/self-esteem (n=62)
  • Communication skills (n=52)
pre and post assessment
Pre- and post-assessment

Measured:

  • attitudes toward employment
  • attitudes toward violence
  • conflict resolution
  • self-esteem

Received:

  • 2,068 forms
  • 1,446 pre- and 622 post-assessments
  • 368 matched pre- and post-assessments
conclusions from yep evaluation
Conclusions from YEP evaluation
  • Youth very satisfied with program, job training, job, and mentor
  • Small decreases in some mean pre- and post- scores (started and ended high)
  • Mentors rated training and program high
  • Recommendations to improve payroll
  • Employers satisfied with program, some suggestions to better prepare youth
suggestions to enhance yep
Suggestions to enhance YEP

Focus on youth at-risk, in need

  • Selection process
    • Limit college students
    • Limit prior participants
    • Priority to those with jj or cj involvement
    • Priority to those with no prior employment
    • Priority to those with limited, no opportunities for another job
suggestions to enhance yep1
Suggestions to enhance YEP

Encourage education for higher level, higher paying jobs

Enhance mentoring component

  • Mentors should discuss, help mentees with
    • conflict resolution
    • self-esteem
    • violence
suggestions to enhance yep2
Suggestions to enhance YEP
  • Enhance evaluation
    • Improve survey administration, completion rate
    • Repeated instruction by Evaluator
    • Encourage administer the same way each time, no distractions, enough time allotted
    • Add questions
evaluation of pp methods
Evaluation of PP methods
  • Administrative data
  • Parent Leader training evaluation
  • Coordinator/ Manager exit survey
  • Parent Leader exit survey
  • Parent Leader pre- and post-survey
lead agencies program data1
Lead Agencies: Program data
  • 983 Parent Leaders recruited
  • 834 Parent Leaders trained
  • 4,816 hours spent on service projects
  • 107 projects completed
parent leader training ratings
Parent Leader: Training ratings

Agreed or strongly agreed:

parent leader learned from training
Parent Leader: Learned from training

Agreed or strongly agreed:

coordinators managers on program
Coordinators/Managers: On program

Rated good or very good:

coordinators managers community service
Coordinators/Managers: Community service

Improved community

Increased protective factors

parent leaders on program
Parent Leaders: On program

Rated good or very good:

parent leaders community service
Parent Leaders: Community service

Improved community

Increased protective factors

pre and post survey
Pre- and post- survey

Measured:

  • family functioning and resiliency
  • social and concrete support
  • nurturing and attachment
  • Child development/ knowledge of parenting

Received:

  • 889 surveys
  • 613 pre- and 276 post-surveys
  • 204 matched pre- and post-surveys
conclusions from parent program evaluation
Conclusions from Parent Program evaluation
  • Program increased protective factors
  • Parent Leader trainings well received
  • Administrative teams’ responses were favorable to the program
  • Parent Leaders thought program was well conducted and successful
suggestions to enhance pp
Suggestions to enhance PP
  • Increase protective factor of social and concrete support
  • Reduced change in means on 3 items:
    • I have others who will listen when I need to talk about my problems.
    • I wouldn’t know where to go for help if I had trouble making ends meet. (reverse coded)
    • If I needed help finding a job, I wouldn’t know where to go for help.
suggestions to enhance pp1
Suggestions to enhance PP
  • Recruit younger parents with young children
    • More at-risk for child abuse, neglect
  • Continue to recruit primary caregivers
    • To have greatest impact on parenting; training material most relevant to them
  • Recruit more fathers
    • Involvement in child’s life is a protective factor, can reduce child maltreatment
suggestions to enhance pp2
Suggestions to enhance PP

Enhance evaluation

  • Improve survey administration, completion rate
  • Add questions:
    • Parent Leaders: Age; gender; number & ages of children; status as primary caregiver of own children or grandchildren; loss of custody of children, prior DCFS involvement
    • Service projects: Number of participants/attendance per project; duration of service project
thank you
Thank you!

Questions/comments Jessica.Reichert@Illinois.gov

Reports will be available Spring 2014 on website www.icjia.state.il.us