The Policy Center is building practice based evidence. As a result, we monitor the impact of our demonstration model programs on girls and the system level changes.
The Girl Matters: Continuity of Care Model Program (CCM) was piloted from 2013-15 (then called Girl Matters: Giving Girls a Voice) in response to the incarceration trends in Northeast Florida and the emerging self-reported assessment data showing a high proportion of unmet needs for girls. The impetus for the CCM demonstration program included: the few treatment options available, fragmented community response, and lack of continuity of care for girls transitioning from one part of the juvenile justice system to another. Through our program model, psycho-educational groups for girls in diversion, SAVVY groups for girls in detention, tele-mental health services for girls in residential programs, individual counseling, and care management are offered. The evaluation component of Girl Matters: Continuity of Care tracks impact specific to the following anticipated outcomes: 1) increase in access and quality of mental health services 2) increase in quality of life indicators (e.g., social support) and 3) reduced involvement in the juvenile justice system. Working model and preliminary findings expected June 2016. Our CCM Infographic provides a summary snapshot.
Girl Matters: It’s Elementary (GMIE) is an in-school suspension intervention program for girls K-5. The program intervenes early in girls’ lives to improve school success and to stop suspension and expulsion from school. Research indicates that school failure is a major factor in girls entering the juvenile justice system. Individualized interventions that address underlying issues contributing to girls acting out behaviors (trauma, family stressors) are provided through one-on-one skill building, school/teacher interventions, referrals for services, and home visits where necessary. Further, the project addresses the systemic factors (e.g., school policies and practices, lack of staff and teacher training) that contribute to exclusionary discipline practices. Our GMIE infographic provides a summary of the first five years of the program. Included below are two reports: four-year demonstration model evaluation (2014) and two-year evaluation report (2017).
2010-2014 Girl Matters: It’s Elementary Demonstration Model Evaluation
The program demonstration evaluation sought to build practice-based evidence about girl-centered practices in a school setting. The goals of the evaluation were to document the model in practice and assess the impact of the interventions on: 1) girls’ measures of school connectedness, perceived social support, academics, and behaviors; 2) school level changes including suspension rates, teacher attitudes, and changing policies and practices; and 3) impact of training and mentorship on knowledge of working with girls. For a look at the outcomes see the Executive Summary, full report and summary with infographic.
Girl Matters: It’s Elementary Two Year Evaluation Report
The Policy Center continues to monitor the outcomes of the Girl Matters: It’s Elementary (GMIE) model program. This 5 and 6 year report is intended as a supplement to the four-year Demonstration Evaluation Report released summer 2014 (above). The Policy Center is monitoring the trends of the program related to reasons for girls’ referral, girls’ life stressors and behaviors, as well as the impact of GMIE on girls and interns. We also monitor school level outcomes related to girls’ and school-wide suspension rates, as well as new or changed policies and practices affecting GMIE girls. Expected Spring 2017.