Examining Comprehensive Community Collaboratives: The Safe Kids/Safe Streets Experience

Frances Gragg, Westat, Inc.
Roberta Cronin
Karla Eisen, Westat, Inc.
Dana Schultz, Westat, Inc.
Elizabeth I. Lopez, O. J. J. D. P.

The Safe Kinds/Safe Streets Initiatyive (SK/SS) is a 5* year demonstration program, sponsored by the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Violence Against Women Office, and the Executive Office of Weed and Seed. Five communities--three urban, one rural, one Tribal-developed comprehensive community collaboraties to address child abuse and neglect, a key risk factor for delinquency and criminal behavior. Projects incorporated foru program components-system reform, services, data collection and evaluation, and prevention education. The session will address the following:

* What was the SK/SS vision and theory of change? * What did the SK/SS collaborations look like (e.g., membership, organization, functions) and what were their developmental stages? * Did the four program components work as a unified whole, complete with each other, or function independently? * What were the program accomplishments and are they sustainable? * What factors impeded or facilitated project success? * What other SK/SS lessons were learned (i.e., lessons exportable to other communities and evaluations of comprehensive collaboratives)?

The presentation will draw on the process evaluation findings and observations and outcome data collected since spring 1997 by Westat, the national evaluators.

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Updated 05/20/2006