Evaluation of Enhanced Kinship Navigator in Ohio
HSRI is conducting an evaluation of the Enhanced Kinship Navigator Project, a demonstration project involving seven county agencies (six public child welfare agencies and one Office on Aging) and led by the Public Children Services Association of Ohio. The project is funded through a Family Connection Discretionary Grant through Administration on Children, Youth, and Families Children's Bureau, under authority of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (PL 110-351). The Kinship Navigator project is focused on systems level improvements, increased outreach, and enhancement of services and supports, all targeted at better supporting kinship caregivers. The Kinship Navigator evaluation strives to further the evidence base for kinship care supports and includes a control group design and analyses at the systems, implementation/outputs, and outcomes levels. Participant involvement, the inclusion of multiple perspectives both qualitatively and quantitatively, and multiple methods, are themes driving the evaluation plan. Data collection will occur through structured interviewing, site visits to all lead project agencies (multi-site), web-based primary data collection, and analysis of secondary data, survey work, and other methods as best fit the project's needs.