|TITLE:||NATIONAL YOUTH IN TRANSITION DATABASE STUDY|
|PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR:||NOBLE, JAMIE|
SOCIAL WORK DEPARTMENT
File Created: March 15, 2013|
Department Chair Action Date: March 15, 2013
Current Status: Final Status Report Received
|Confidentiality||Data are linked to individuals.|
STATEMENT OF PURPOSEThis research project is designed to determine where youth are and what they are doing after aging out of the foster care system. The NYTD (National Youth in Transition Database) created a survey that was administered to youth when they were age seventeen, and is now being administered again now that they are age nineteen. This same survey will be administered to these same youth once they turn twenty one years old. The state of Missouri plans to use this information to see how they can better serve youth in the foster care system. The state is trying to assess where intervention services need to take place, so youth in the foster care system are receiving access to all services available to them.
STATEMENT OF RESEARCH METHODOLOGYThere will be two primary methods utilized to collect data. NYTD federal requirements specify that each state will collect data by either an electronic survey with the link sent to the youth via the youth’s email account or via a letter to the youth’s last known address. The youth may also opt for a paper copy to be sent to them. A postage paid envelop will be provided. If the youth cannot be reached at the last known address, letters will be sent to the three permanent contacts. Lastly, the youth can complete the survey during a home/office visit. Regardless of the method, each youth will be contacted in regards to the method of collection. The data collected will be used by the Division only and not for MWSU.
ANTICIPATED RISKS AND BENEFITSThe study poses minimal risks to the participants. The youth surveyed in the follow-up study will have participated in the data collection previously (at age 17 utilizing the same methodology). Surveys completed via the internet link will be uploaded to FACES. All completed paper surveys must be manually entered into FACES via the NYTD Older Youth Survey screen. The NYTD federal requires 80% of youth in care on the list must be surveyed and 60% of youth on list that are no longer in care must be surveyed. Once met, the Division will receive the benefit. However, if not met, the Division can lose up to 5% of federal Chafee allotment. Outcomes in the following areas are being assessed: increase in youth financial self-sufficiency, improve educational attainment, increase youth connections with adults, reduce homelessness, reduce high-risk behavior and improve access to health insurance.
SUBJECT SELECTIONFor the purpose of this study, subjects were selected by the State of Missouri from youth that have aged out of the foster care system. The youth being surveyed were seventeen years of age when they last took this same survey, and they are now nineteen years of age. At this point in time, there are twenty youth in the northern region of Missouri needing to be surveyed still before March 31, 2013. This date will mark the official end date of surveying the first cohort. April 1, 2013 marks the beginning date of surveying the second cohort, in which the northern region of Missouri will need to survey and locate thirty-two youth.
CONFIDENTIALITYThe survey participants have the option to refuse being a part of the survey. Any and all information collected through survey or otherwise will belong to the state of Missouri and will be used for their intents and purposes. All information gathered will only be accessible to authorized state employees, and will be stored through children’s division databases. All information collected by the primary researcher will be kept in an office located at Children’s Division in St. Joseph, MO.
PRIMARY SUPPORTING DOCUMENTClick for Word Document
Final Report on 05-18-2013Researcher is finished with data collection.
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