Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact


Roca’s High-Risk Youth Intervention Model

Roca’s High-Risk Youth Intervention Model is a method that helps Roca assess whether they successfully help young people change their behavior and shift the trajectories of their lives. Based on cognitive-behavioral intervention, the Model enables young people to move toward the outcomes of economic independence and personal safety. Roca’s model is based on a framework for change used in medical and mental health fields and includes: 1) relentless outreach through transformational relationships (Roca’s intensive case management model); 2) stage-based programming toward economic independence (life skills, educational and pre-vocational, and employment programming); and, 3) work with engaged institutional partners.

A team of evaluators, which includes the Crime and Justice Institute, Abt Associates, and the Schneider Institute for Health Policy, has been meeting to determine the most rigorous evaluation design that can be applied. In addition, input is received from Roca’s Evaluation Advisory Board. The plan for the outcome evaluation is to use a failure rate design (survival analysis) as a way to determine what intervention components and participant characteristics predict which outcomes. The designs under consideration are all quasi-experimental in nature: difference-in-differences and the use of a simulated comparison group. For more information, view the Initial Implementation Evaluation Report.

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