Research and Evaluation

CFF currently conducts nine research and evaluation projects, including serving as the evaluation contractor for Family, Adult and Juvenile Drug Courts in Sacramento, Riverside, Mendocino, Santa Cruz and Sonoma Counties in California. Following is a brief summary of our current research and evaluation contracts.

 

Mendocino County Family Dependency Drug Court

CFF conducts evaluation activities for the Mendocino County FDDC, a five year grant funded by Children’s Bureau. The process and outcome study measures the FDDC’s effectiveness in providing intensive case management, substance abuse treatment, parenting education, and reunification support with judicial oversight of specific incentive and sanctions.

 

Riverside Adult Drug Court

The Riverside Adult Drug Court is intended to close gaps in treatment capacity and expand the community's ability to ensure that eligible clients have immediate access to quality and culturally appropriate services. CFF evaluators are responsible for all the implementation of all aspects of the program evaluation including developing and implementing all data collection schemes and process/outcome data analysis strategies; data quality control procedures to maintain data integrity; constructing plans for all data analyses; interpretation of these analyses including synthesizing data for bi-annual, annual and final reports; and, identifying barriers to data collection for the target population and develping cooperative resolutions. The evaluation services inform local and State governance about the efficacy and cost savings associated with this program and improved operations while also determining the effectiveness and impact of the program.

 

Riverside Children Affected by Methamphetamine

The Family Preservation Court (FPC) received a CAM grant to expand and enhance the current program design to include additional supportive service so children and adults affected by methamphetamine abuse. CFF provides comprehensive process and outcome evaluation services to the Court to assure continuous quality improvement. The process evaluation examines the implementation of the program, barriers and challenges and modifications made to the program. The outcome evaluation examines the effectiveness and impact of the program on the parents and the level of family functioning. This evaluation provides opportunities for using the observations, data and information to adjust the program design to improve family outcomes.

 

Sacramento Children Affected by Methamphetamine 

Sacramento recieved a Children Affected by Methamphetamine grant to enhance the EIFDC and DDC programs with a new component entitled Children in Focus (CIF). CIF provide a linkage to a Birth and Beyond Resource Center and a Recovery Resource Specialist to parents and their children ages 0-17 participating in either the SAC DDC or EIFDC. CCFF works as the site evaluator for the CIF Program and provides feedback to guide implementation. The CIF evaluation uses a process and outcome research design to measure the effectiveness of the program in promoting safety, permanency and well-being of infants who are identified as prenatally exposed to methamphetamine or other substances of abuse. CCFF's evaluation assesses the impact of grant-funded services and activities on child and family well-being, tracks performance indicators across time, produces evaluation findings as part of ongoing feedback and documentation and conducts ongoing comparative analyses with data drawn from families who participated in EIFDC prior to implementation of the CIF program.

 

Sacramento Dependency Drug Court

CFF is conducting an evaluation of the DDC in Sacramento County. The effectiveness and cost efficiency of the program is being compared to that of standard services through a process, impact, and cost study. Substance abuse treatment compliance, child safety and time to permanency are the major outcome measures.

 

Sacramento Early Intervention Family Drug Court 

The EIFDC evaluation includes a process and outcome research design to measure the effectiveness of the program in promoting safety, permanency and well-being of infants who are identified as prenatally exposed to methamphetamine or other substances of abuse. The program model includes family-centered treatment and supportive services with judicial oversight.

 

Sacramento Juvenile Drug Court

The Sacramento Juvenile Drug Court (JDC) provides a coordinated, multi-system approach that combines judicial monitoring and treatment for juvenile offenders between the ages of 13 and 17. CCFF is conducting process and outcome evaluation activities in cooperation with JDC project staff. Evaluation activities include data collection oversight, database development and managament, data analysis, report writing and presentations to stakeholders.

 

Santa Cruz Treatment Alliance for Safe Children 

Santa Cruz expanded their program to provide services to more children and families. CFF provides all evaluation activities including the assessment of the impact of grant-funded services and activities on child and family well-being, tracking performance indicators across time, producing evaluation findings as part of ongoing feedback and documentation and conducting ongoing comparative analyses with data drawn from families who participated in TASC prior to its implementation.

 

Sonoma Dependency Drug Court

Since March of 2009, CFF has provided evaluation services to Sonoma County's DDC. This small-scale project has been sufficiently staffed by the experienced team at CFF to provide the county with specific performance measures to be collected by the county and analyzed by CFF.  CFF is also working with county staff to conduct a cost benefit study of the DDC program.