Urban Institute

Evaluation Background
Cost Benefit
Evaluation Sites

This component of the evaluation addresses the extent to which the 90 SVORI programs (69 grantees) increase access to services and promote systems change. The primary source of data for the implementation assessment is three surveys of the SVORI program directors. These surveys are mailed to the program directors and, following return of the completed survey to the evaluation team, a follow-up telephone conversation is conducted with each program director to clarify any ambiguous responses.

Two rounds of survey data collection with local SVORI program directors have been completed. Data from these surveys characterize the individual programs, including providing information on the target population(s), the program elements, the timing of programs and services, the agencies participating in SVORI, and the degree of coordination among agencies. The first round of data was collected in the fall of 2003 and was used to produce the National Portrait of SVORI. A second survey was sent to the program directors in early 2005. A third survey will be sent in early 2006 and will focus on issues related to sustainability, ways in which SVORI activities were successful, and suggestions for improving the programs.

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