Kaye Implementation & Evaluation
We contributed foundational research on effective practices to help the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and its partner organizations develop and roll out a navigation program to support kinship and post-adoptive families. Using our cloud-based analytics platform with geospatial-mapping ability, we developed a web-based tool to connect families to the local resources they need. Using the tool's collaboration, rating, and review features, service navigators keep the information up-to-date and useful.
Our research and recommendations helped the state to develop an effective Navigator program for kinship and post-adoptive families in Ohio.
Our web-based, interactive service mapping tool helps Navigators provide fast, tailored connections to local resources and reflects a major change in the field of kinship navigation.
The OhioKAN (Kinship and Adoption Navigator) project was launched to support kinship and post-adoptive families using funding from the federal Family First Prevention Services Act. To meet its goals, the program needed to use a research-based model and involve a rigorous evaluation that would meet the standards of the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse. To support the effort, we conducted widespread and comprehensive research to:
To be eligible for reimbursement under the Family First Prevention Services Act, Kinship Navigator programs need to have demonstrated positive effects through either a quasi-experimental or randomized controlled trial study. We provided consultation to the OhioKAN evaluation team on evaluation planning, measurement selection, and other research activities.
A core component of the OhioKAN model is connecting caregivers with existing local resources through regional Navigators. We developed a web-based, interactive tool that allows Navigators to quickly identify relevant resources based on a family’s unique needs and physical location. Our database of over 7,000 Ohio-based resources displays through an interactive map, providing ease of use for Navigators; once matching resources have been identified, Navigators can text or email service referrals directly from the system. The tool also includes Yelp-style review options and data dashboard and reporting features.