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Regional Partnership Grants National Cross-Site Evaluation (RPG-2)

Dataset Number: 218


Strong, D., Avellar, S., Cole, R., & D'Angelo, A.


To address the far-reaching consequences of adult substance use disorders on families and children, Congress in 2006 authorized, and in 2011 reauthorized, competitive grants to support partnerships among child welfare, substance use disorder treatment, and related organizations. The Children’s Bureau (CB) within the Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established the Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) program, and in 2017 awarded grants to 17 second-cohort (RPG-2) partnerships to implement evidence-based programs (EBPs) to meet the needs of this target population.

CB funded Mathematica Policy Research, along with its subcontractor Walter R. MacDonald & Associates (WRMA), to conduct a five-year cross-site evaluation of the grantees’ RPG projects. Mathematica and WRMA designed a cross-site evaluation to address the following 7 research questions:

  1. Who was involved in each RPG project and how did the partners work together? To what extent were the grantees and their partners prepared to sustain their projects by the end of the grant period?
  2. Who were the target populations of the RPG projects? Did RPG projects reach their intended target populations?
  3. Which EBPs did the RPG projects select? How well did they align with RPG projects’ target populations and goals?
  4. What procedures, infrastructure, and supports were in place to facilitate implementation of the EBPs?
  5. How were the EBPs implemented? What services were provided? What were the characteristics of enrolled participants?
  6. To what extent were the RPG projects prepared to sustain their EBPs at the end of the grant period?
  7. What were the well-being, permanency, and safety outcomes of children, and the recovery outcomes of adults, who received services from the RPG projects?

The cross site evaluation has three main components used to answer these research questions: (1) an implementation study, (2) a partnership study, and (3) an outcomes study.

Additional instructions for working with the RPG-2 data are posted on the RPG User Support page.

Bibliographic Citation

Strong, D., Avellar, S., Cole, R., & D'Angelo, A. (2019). Regional Partnership Grants National Cross-Site Evaluation (RPG-2) [Dataset]. National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect.

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