Evaluation Tools


The purpose of this section is to:

  1. Provide examples of some tools that may be useful when developing an evaluation plan
  2. Provide examples for how data can be extracted for the over 18 population so that counties can track how well they're doing
  3. Present evaluation reports based on this project (see STATEWIDE EVALUATION)

The target audience includes directors, managers, analysts, evaluators, and other stakeholders.

Statewide Evaluation

Dr. Mark Courtney, from the University of Chicago, will evaluate the impact of Fostering Connections to Success in California. The evaluation plan involves:

  • a planning phase (4 months),
  • a data collection phase (5 years), and
  • data analysis.

The culmination will be a synthesis and implication from the findings  <see more>

Implementation of Assembly Bill 1712: Non-Minor Dependent Adoption (AcL 13-100)

This All County Letter provides county Child Welfare Departments, county probation departments, licensed private adoption agencies, and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Adoption District Offices with instructions regarding the policies and procedures for the adoption of young adults ages 18 to 20 who remain in Extended Foster Care (EFC) and are under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.

Youth in Extended Foster Care

The California Child Welfare Indicators Project (CCWIP) produced a report brief that highlights statistics related to youth in extended foster care.  Specific research questions included:

  1. How many youth ages 18-20 are in extended foster care (EFC)?
  2. How has the number of youth ages 18-20 in foster care changed since the implementation of AB12?
  3. What are the demographic and case characteristics of youth in EFC?
  4. Are there county differences in the percentage of foster youth in EFC?
  5. How many EFC youth will be turning 21 and no longer be eligible for EFC?

After 18/AB12 Implementation Survey Report

This report provides results from a survey of California County Child Welfare and Juvenile Probation services regarding the initial implementation of AB12/After 18 in the first half of 2012.  A follow-up survey is planned for early 2014 to determine what progress has been made in the implementation and what service gaps may need to be addressed.

(Implementation of AB12) Focus Group Questionnaires

The survey questions contained in this section can be used to gather information from youth, child welfare staff, and others about the implementation of AB12.  The questions are categorized with questions pertaining to implementation, utilization, and evaluation of AB12 <see more>.  

Data Reports

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) provides the SOC 405E  (The Outcomes for Youth Exiting Foster Care Quarterly report) on its website.  The report collects information on all Nonminor Dependent (NMDs) that are under the jurisdiction of the county.  The information provided in the report is based on what is known about the NMDs status at the month of exiting extended foster care, in the following five categories:

  1. Youth Who Exit at Age 18
  2. NMDs, Age 18
  3. NMDs, Age 19
  4. NMDs, Age 20 - 21
  5. Re-Entry, Age 18 - 21

Counties are able to view previous reports on the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) website. Counties may be able to conduct a more thorough evaluation after having analyzed their county data and then, perhaps, making further plans for how the county might address their findings in the reports. 

Research Policy Briefs

Chapin Hall, the Research and Policy Center at the University of Chicago, provides research policy briefs about the after 18 population. The following articles may help you to construct an evaluation framework or evaluation plan for your purposes.  

  1. Distinct Subgroups of Former Foster Youth during Young Adulthood: Implications for Policy and Practice
  2. Does Extending Foster Care beyond Age 18 Promote Postsecondary Educational Attainment?
  3. Assessing the Impact of Extending Care beyond Age 18 on Homelessness: Emerging Findings from the Midwest Study