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Comprehensive Evaluation of Roca Inc.


Highlights

  • What influences program implementation and impact after adaptation and scale-up?
  • We are conducting a comprehensive evaluation of Roca, Inc.’s program.
  • Still to come: anticipate final results in Spring 2021.
The Challenge

Roca, Inc., a non-profit organization, aims to reduce incarceration and improve employment opportunities for high risk young adults. Recently, Roca has expanded its program throughout Massachusetts and to Baltimore, MD, and introduced a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) curriculum to its model. Roca has contracted with Abt to conduct two implementation and outcome evaluations: one of the CBT curriculum and one of the intervention model it uses.

The Approach

For these evaluations, Abt is using a combination of program, qualitative and survey data to evaluate Roca model implementation at each of the five Roca sites; whether participant outcomes vary across and within Roca sites; and how outcomes are related to program implementation. For CBT in particular, Abt will assess CBT’s impact on intended outcomes, such as changes in program engagement, employment and arrests. Abt also will assess adherence to the curriculum as designed.

The Results

Preliminary results will be available in 2020, with final results in the spring of 2021.