Dr Justin Barker, Prof Morag McArthur
Family and Community Services, NSW Government
The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), in partnership with ICPS, was commissioned by FACS to undertake a process and outcome evaluation and an economic assessment of the Youth Hope Program (YHP). The primary aim of the YHP is to maximise the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and their families who are involved in (or who are at risk of being involved in) statutory child protection services. The program also aims to pilot innovative models of service delivery, which means that the services delivered in each of the program sites differ.
The process evaluation examined the extent to which the YHP has been implemented as planned (and if not why not), while the outcome evaluation assessed the overall effectiveness of the program. Specifically, the evaluation addressed the following research questions:
The economic assessment of the YHP: