Safe Havens

Project: Research project

Description

The purpose of this project is to conduct a case study of the La Paloma Center and the strategies and methods the agency used in implementing the supervised visitation and safe exchange programs it provides. The purpose of this case study is to gain a sufficient understanding of the inputs, processes, and outputs of the LPC program to inform the conceptualization and design of a systematic method for replicating the program in other agencies and communities throughout the state of Arizona. The conceptualization and design of a replication plan will be contained in a final report and presentation to the GOCY and LPC.
The project has been organized around three primary objectives: Program Planning and Initiation; Information Gathering; and Analysis, Interpretation, and Report Development and Presentation.

The primary activities and anticipated task duration of each of these three primary objectives are summarized below.

Evaluation Planning and Initiation
Activity Duration: Contract Execution = +30 days (months 1)
Summary of Activities: Recruitment, selection, and hiring of graduate research assistant; establishment of project management team (consisting of reps from GOCY, LPC, & ASU); finalization of project methods and project timeline; submission of any necessary Intuitional Review Board (IRB) applications, and arrangements for any technical assistance

Information Gathering
Activity Duration: +30 days of contract - +60days (months 2-3)
Summary of Activities: The systematic collection of information and data related to the implementation and monitoring of the supervised visitation and safe exchange program operated by LPC. The Guiding Principles of the Safe Havens Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program (http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/guiding-principles032608.pdf ) issued by the US Department of Justice, identify 6 principles: equal regard for the safety of children and adult victims; valuing multiculturalism and diversity; incorporating an understanding of domestic violence into Center Services; respectful and fair interaction; and community collaboration; and, advocacy for children and adult victims. These 6 principles will provide a framework for structuring a mixed methods approach to data collection and information gathering. These data collection strategies will allow for a valid assessment of the relative degree of attainment of each of these principles by the LPC program, along with a qualitative appreciation of the forces driving and restraining LPC (and potentially other community based agencies) in the realization of these principles.

Based upon final decisions to be made during the planning period and in consultation with GOCYF and LPC, the information and data to be collected may include, but not be limited to:
Archival review and analysis of LPC program and policy guidance documents, including staff manuals, participant handouts, agency quality control mechanisms; summaries of participant demographics, participant case files, and other appropriate clinical documentation.
Direct observation of LPC staff delivery of intake, supervised visitation and safe exchange services.
Individual and/or group interviews and/or focus groups with relevant key informant, including but not limited to LPC managers/administrators, LPC staff, LPC program participants, other appropriate and relevant key informants.

All information and data collection activities will meet appropriate methodological and institutional risk protections. As such, any staff and students working on this project will have sufficient training and official approval from the ASU Office of Research Integrity. Any data collection (direct observation, surveys, and interviews) that actively engages program participants, staff, or key informants will be review and approved by the ASU Institutional Review Board. All data and information collected will be maintained in secured storage facilities and devices (both digital and hard copy) to ensure the confidentiality of LPC, its participants, and staff. All collected data and information will be archived in accordance with University regulations and requirements.

Analysis, Interpretation, and Report Development and Presentation
Activity Duration: +30 days of contract - +90 days (months 2 3)
Summary of Activities: Activities will include systematic organization, synthesis, and interpretation of all of the gathered information and data. Individual summaries of the results of the information and data collection activities including the development of a logic model and client path flow diagram will be prepared for internal review. These individual summaries will be used by the project team to provide the foundation for the formal report and presentation of key findings to the staff of GOCYF and LPC. These preliminary findings will be organized along three dimensions: Organizational Capacity; Essential Process and Service Components; and Indicators of Output and Impact. Based upon these findings, Recommendations for Replication will be drafted for review by the staff of GOCYF and LPC. Complete and final report and final presentation to GOCYF, LPC, and up to four other organizations/forums as specified by GOCYF will be issued.

Organizational Capacity & Staffing

This project is submitted by the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, a research & training unit of the ASU College of Public Programs. Professors Michael S. Shafer & Judy Krysik will serve as co-directors of this project. Nicole Janich, a second year PhD student in the School of Social Work and a research assistant at the Center for the past 3.5 years, will serve as Research Assistant for this project and will assume primary responsibility for the execution and completion of the project under the supervision of Drs. Shafer & Krysik.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date7/1/149/30/14

Funding

  • US Department of Justice (DOJ): $30,462.00

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