Roadmap to Peace Evaluation
The Institute and UCSF's Community Engagement and Health Policy Program (CE&HP) have formed an external evaluation team to design, implement, analyze, and disseminate formative and outcome evaluations of the new Roadmap to Peace initiative (see below). The evaluation will be youth-involved and primarily qualitative in order to better capture transformational changes in participating youth.
Through an iterative feedback process, the team will develop assessments and measure outcomes. It will integrate evaluation into RTP structures and processes to incorporate assessment into the implementation of the initiative. We will also develop a methodology to engage community youth served by RTP in the data collection and analysis of issues confronting them - generating better results and engaging them directly in community change. Youth will be engaged as active researchers in the RTP process and will participate in a series of trainings on evaluation methods and will work with the team to develop evaluation tools (such as conducting interviews and focus groups) and conduct youth-led data collection.
The aim of the formative evaluation is to improve RTP's design and performance using a collaborative approach and participatory methods. The research team will examine (1) the alignment of services in the network and (2) the capacity of the RTP service network to provide community-appropriate, on-demand, restorative and trauma-informed services to in-risk young Latinos/as.
Additionally, in the first two years we will establish a data system and data collection process, and a mechanism to evaluate the impact of RTP on the Latin@ youth who participate in the program.
The evaluation team's aim is to generate useful results to inform practices and advance community-based solutions to violence.
Roadmap to Peace
Connecting and serving San Francisco's most vulnerable Latino/a youth
In 2012 residents in San Francisco's Mission District were stunned to see six Latino youths gunned down in a flare-up of gun and gang-related violence. Parents, teachers, youth counselors and others mobilized a series of community meetings to come together, talk about the ongoing senseless violence, and collectively develop systemic solutions.
These meetings resulted in Roadmap to Peace (RTP), a community-driven five-year systems reform initiative. With support from San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth and Their Families; the Google Corp.; and the Jobs for the Future, RTP will coordinate an on-demand continuum of support services in the areas of workforce and economic opportunities, health, housing, legal/immigration services, arts, culture and education within a restorative justice and trauma-informed approach.
RTP's first goal is to improve the economic, health and safety outcomes of an initial cohort of 500 youths, and in so doing develop an innovative model for replication elsewhere.
Using a Collective Impact model, RTP is rooted in community-based solutions, and is being collaboratively developed by local service providers, parents, educators, community activists and university researchers who are seeing how disconnected youth fall through bureaucratic cracks and get lost in gang violence, substance use, unemployment and the prison industry. Participating organizations currently include community residents, Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Mission Peace Collaborative, CARECEN of San Francisco, Mission Neighborhood Health Center, Mission Neighborhood Centers, H.O.M.E.Y., Bay Area Community Resources (CHALK), Five Keys Charter School, Horizons, Inc., UCSF's Clinical and Translation Science Institute, and the César Chávez Institute. This collective is now striving to bring their professional and cultural knowledge to better facilitate our youth's journey to healing and wellness.
Comprehensive, coordinated systems
The RTP initiative has three inter-related strategies - the creation of a new service network, community-building efforts and policy advocacy for system reform. Providers in San Francisco offering vital youth programs and services have not had the institutional support to coordinate their efforts across agencies and disciplines. Each youth must work with several providers, most of whom do not have a system to effectively communicate with each other. This disjointed and bureaucratic system often leaves youth feeling frustrated and discouraged. The RTP network will align services and funding, client intake, and youth tracking systems across educational, health, employment, housing, juvenile justice, and other areas.
The new systems must also originate with direct input from the youth themselves, who are best able to verbalize their needs and hopes. The overarching goal is a complete and interconnected system to support resiliency and personal transformation for each youth.
Services on demand
RTP emphasizes the need for rapid, responsive, on-demand services. Each disconnected youth typically needs support in housing, healthcare, education, job training, and behavioral support. Connecting at-risk youth quickly to support and services when the needs arise can positively alter their life course. Currently, youth and their families wait as long as six months for help. By the time youth can finally be seen, their problems have worsened. On-demand services means youth and their families can receive care without waiting, reducing negative outcomes.
The new systems must also originate with direct input from the youth themselves, who are best able to verbalize their needs and hopes. Youth coordinators would engage other youth on an effort to affect policy and build community assets. The idea is to heal the youth injuries, address their needs and engage them in a process of community transformation. The overarching goal is a complete and interconnected system to support resiliency and personal transformation for each youth and to empower them to change the conditions that create harm in their communities.
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