Evaluation Design

The evaluation design will combine qualitative and quantitative methods and retrospective and prospective data to produce a rigorous assessment of the effectiveness of comprehensive community change efforts. The details of the design will be refined in partnership with the participating sites.

Basic elements will include:
• Analyses of trend data for the past 10-15 years for each site, as well as for the two years during the evaluation period. Data sources will include child maltreatment reports and foster care placements from the Children’s Administration, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data, the Healthy Youth Survey and education data.
• Detailed timelines and narratives about what has occurred in each community regarding ACEs over time, including community capacity-building initiatives.
• Comparisons with similar communities in Washington as well as with a community’s own historical patterns.

The objectives of the evaluation are to:
• Test the effectiveness of complex community-based strategies to mitigate or prevent ACEs, and positively influence other child safety and child development outcomes.
• Document the strategies and processes to achieve those outcomes.
• Contribute to related state and national ACEs and family support efforts by testing for the most practical, replicable, and robust strategies that could be used by a range of communities.
• Document case studies of the public and private costs avoided or saved that are reasonably attributable to these ACEs mitigation and prevention strategies.

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