The SafeFutures Client Indicator Database: what Have We Learned?

Janeen M. Buck, The Urban Institute

In the summer of 1998, as part of the national evaluation of the initiative, each community began pilot testing a performance indicator system. Designed to track the cumulative--as well as comparative--results of community-based efforts including system and participant outcomes, the SafeFutures Client Indicator Database (CID) captures information about youth and family clients, service referral and use, as well as education and juvenile justice outcomes. The CID was intended to serve the performance-focused informational needs of the six SafeFutures communities. This paper examines the extent to which the CID achieved this purpose from both a program management and evaluation perspective. Factors precluding or contributing to the overall efficacy of the CID are also examined.

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Updated 05/20/2006