ICF is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to conduct a cross-site evaluation of the Native Aspirations project. The project was created in 2005 to address the excessively high rates of youth suicide, substance abuse, bullying, and school violence in 25 American Indian and Alaska Native communities in the United States and its territories through the implementation of culturally appropriate, evidence-based interventions.
ICF designed and now implements the cross-site evaluation, which uses multiple methods of data collection and evaluation technical assistance to support local community evaluation. The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the process and impact of these prevention efforts within and across communities. The goals of the evaluation are to describe and determine the key independent and mediating variables affecting program outcomes; investigate the interrelationship between the community prevention plan, the development process, and implementation on observed outcomes; and identify key factors in promoting the sustainability of efforts and outcomes.
Case study data are collected longitudinally over a period of three years. Quantitative data collection includes community surveys of adults and youth to assess changes in knowledge, attitudes, and behavior related to violence, suicide, and bullying, as well as analysis of local administrative data (e.g., arrest records, mental health records). Qualitative data collection includes focus groups and interviews with community members.
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