VCRHYP strives to measure both how much and how well the Coalition and member agencies provide services to youth and families. We assess outcomes in four key areas:
Stable Housing: Youth experience a sense of physical, emotional, and mental safety ensuring they feel supported and protected from violence, abuse, harassment, and fear. Youth have access to safe, stable, affordable housing.
Social & Emotional Well-Being: Youth experience stable living arrangements, enriching educational experiences, access to healthcare, mental health stability, social connectedness, and improved family functioning that contribute to a youth's ability to care for themselves within family and promote the attainment of independent living skills.
Permanent Connections: Youth have healthy relationships with self-identified family (biological or not) and long-term ongoing connections with supportive adults, mentors, friends, and other significant people.
Education & Employment: Youth increase the skills, resources, and relationships necessary to access and sustain a positive future through education, employment, and personal enrichment.
In fiscal year 2017:
- 89% of youth in our family stabilization and runaway prevention program exited to safe locations
56% of safe exits from our independent living program went on to live on their own or with friends, 42% were reunified with family
- VCRHYP agencies served 461 youth through Basic Center Programs and Transitional Living Programs
- 87% of youth surveyed at exit had at least one supportive relationship with a non-family member adult
- 84% of exited youth reported that their general health was good to excellent
Check out our FY17 Annual Report for more information!
In addition to the above measures, VCRHYP works to define what success looks like at the coalition level.
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has instituted a rigorous assessment process known as the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) that analyzes management and outcomes from programs receiving federal money. Only 18% of the 1,004 programs evaluated have been declared “effective.” The Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs is among that distinguished group. VCRHYP member agencies deliver critical safety nets to at-risk youth while providing the State of Vermont and taxpayers with an effective, efficient, and economical alternative to the foster care and juvenile justice systems.