Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group: 35 Years and Going Strong

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The Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group is the state of Ohio affiliate for the American Evaluation Association. This year our organization is celebrating its 35th anniversary. At the spring conference, we will be celebrating this accomplishment through the theme of 35 Years of OPEG: Making a Difference, Past, Present, and Future.

OPEG is a community that The Rucks Group actively supports. Both Carla and I have served on the Board for the organization. At this event, we’ll present some findings on the use of retrospective surveys (I’ll actually talk about some of this in an upcoming blog). Our continued involvement within this community is due to convenient information sharing as well as overall commensuration; both of which allows us to become better at what we do.

If you’re interested in being part of the community or even presenting at the next conference, visit OPEG at https://www.opeg.org.

Also, make sure to plan on attending the spring conference on Friday, May 8 at Otterbein College in Columbus (Ohio).

I look forward to seeing you there!

New Innovative Program from the Department of Ed: Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) Program

There are over 5 million youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who are not in school or working, sometimes facing homelessness or involvement in foster care or the judicial system, without connections with family or social networks. If you are a state, local, or tribal agency who works with such a population, a new funding initiative from the Department of Education will fund 10 pilot projects to test innovative, cost-effective, and outcome-focused strategies for improving results for disconnected youth.

The P3 initiative will allow blending of funding streams and waivers of certain requirements to overcome hurdles in providing innovative programs to improve outcomes for disconnected youth, who are defined as youth 14-24 years of age, who are either low-income, homeless, involved in the juvenile justice system and/or foster care, not enrolled in school, or in danger of dropping out. Agencies will be allowed to pool discretionary funds they already receive through multiple federal agencies. In addition, start-up grant funding of up to $700,000 will be available for each project.

The pilots will be evaluated to determine the most effective strategies to serve the population. Projects must participate in a rigorous national evaluation of the initiative which will include all sites and look at multiple components. Projects are not required to provide a site specific evaluation, but it is important to note that they may receive competitive preference points if they do – up to 5 additional competitive performance points for proposing a quasi-experimental evaluation design, and up to 10 additional points for a random control trial design.

Proposals are due by March 4, 2015. For more information, and to obtain an application package, please go to https://findyouthinfo.gov/youth-topics/reconnecting-youth/performance-partnership-pilots.