Starting in 2015, East Side Aligned (ESA) stakeholders underwent an extensive community engagement process to identify strategic priorities within the footprint of East St. Louis School District 189. Among many interrelated goals, one core goal was prioritized by the community—that all youth feel and are safe.
St. Clair County—in partnership with United Way of Greater St. Louis—secured funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 2016 to advance ESA’s strategic priorities, specifically through reducing youth violence and victimization in the footprint.
Evaluation Center Activities
- Expanded and updated the community assessment to introduce and contextualize the planned grant activities.
- Identified community strengths and challenges, then developed a matrix of secondary data collected from public sources and community partners.
- Worked with ESA to develop and implement the evaluation plan for the grant. Our activities included the collection, management and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. We developed standardized data collection protocols for grant partners to implement.
- Provided support to grant partners on the data methods and collection of their performance measurement indicators related to their action plans and other activities.
- Implemented a robust dissemination plan to ensure that the evaluation findings were being communicated in a timely and relevant manner to all project stakeholders.
- Expanded community assessment report
- Community assessment infographic-style brief
- Evaluation plan, including logic model and methods matrix
- Data collection tools, systems, and protocols
- Dissemination plan
- Quarterly data summary snapshots
- Final evaluation report and other dissemination products
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention