Current Evaluation Projects

Missouri Youth/Adult Alliance Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant

The Missouri Youth Adult Alliance (MYAA) was awarded a 3-year SPF-SIG project to implement a statewide media campaign to reduce underage and binge drinking. The media campaigned was designed to change the attitudes and behaviors of both adults and youth. In addition to the media campaign MYAA developed prevention materials and programs for use in local communities. In support of the project Burrell developed and conducted a statewide survey assessing parental attitudes, knowledge and behaviors related to underage drinking before and after the media campaign. Additional questions were added to the second survey in an effort to measure the recognition and impact of the media campaign. Additional evaluation activities included a process evaluation designed to assist the organization with strategic planning and program development.

Cassville Community 2000 Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant

Cassville Community 2000 (C2000) is a local coalition formed to address issues facing the communities youth. The coalition was awarded a 3-year SPF-SIG project to implement local programs to decrease underage drinking, reduce the availability, of alcohol and drugs to minors, and change community norms regarding underage drinking and binge drinking. As part of its efforts the coalition implemented Life Skills training, Positive Action, and Protecting You, Protecting Me in each of the school systems served by coalition. Additional interventions included the hosting of alternative alcohol free activities for the youth and a media campaign to change community perceptions and attitudes. In support of the project Burrell Research worked with the coalition to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the interventions by measuring changes among the youth and the community. Burrell designed the Cassville Youth Survey for middle and high school students in the county. The annual survey measures key indicators of physical and mental health, nutrition, bullying, crime and violence, and substance use. Information from the survey will provide the coalition with a mechanism to measure key indicators for the youth across time and has already been used to secure additional funding for community projects.

Community Partners of the Ozarks Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant Evaluation

Community Partners of the Ozarks (CPO) is a local community organization that addresses community problems such as domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and substance use. The Partnership works with individuals, families, businesses, schools, and community organizations providing a number of prevention and educational programs designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and community. In 2006 CPO was awarded a 3-year SPF-SIG project to implement local programs to decrease underage drinking, reduce the availability, of alcohol and drugs to minors, and change community norms regarding underage drinking and binge drinking. As part of its efforts CPO implemented a series of evidence based programs in local schools, offered alternative activities for youth, and supported a media campaign to change community perceptions and attitudes supporting use. In support of the project Burrell Research worked with CPO to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the program by measuring changes in attitudes and behaviors among youth and the community. During the project planning phase Burrell held a number of focus groups at area schools and colleges to assess the current state of the problem and gather input from the community. Throughout the course of the project Burrell has collected a vast amount of information through community based surveys and program data that has been used to measure the overall impact of the program.

Comprehensive Adolescent Treatment Services (CATS) Project Greene County Juvenile Court

CATS’ goals will address the community’s needs by first implementing a more sophisticated screening process for detecting youth with mental illness intersecting with the GCJC system. Better screening will lead to more appropriate treatment planning and more effective pre-adjudication interventions, thus decreasing juvenile adjudications. Formalizing the partnership between the GCJC and Burrell will increase access to mental health services for youth in the justice system, leading to better case outcomes and longer term supports for the youth and their families (e.g., service providers, support groups, advocacy groups).

The Greene County Juvenile Court contracted with Burrell Research to conduct the overall program evaluation for the project. As part of the evaluation Burrell will complete both a process and outcome evaluation and provide technical assistance with instrument selection and implementation. During the planning phases of the project the evaluation team held a series of focus groups with Juvenile Officers and Administrative staff in order to gain a better perspective on the impact of mental health on the youth, attitudes towards screening and treatment, and overall delivery of services.

The Journey Home Project

Burrell has a grant to provide service to families who are both impacted by substance abuse and/or mental illness and also suffering from or at risk for homelessness. The project aims to reduce the prevalence and impact of substance abuse and/or mental illness on homeless families, minimize the likelihood and duration of homelessness among these families, and to reduce generational homelessness through primary prevention activities. In support of the project, Burrell Research conducted a process evaluation examining the overall implementation of the program.

Current evaluation support for the project includes: collection and analysis of follow-up interview data, chart reviews, and service tracking.

Prevention and Treatment Services for Youth

The Prevention and Treatment Services for Youth Grant (PTS) funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health is meant to provide screening, intervention, and referral services for youth by placing a clinician in schools and juvenile offices to meet with youth and families to treat both substance abuse and mental health disorders. This grant also has the advantage of creating and strengthening relationships between Burrell and the partnering schools and juvenile offices which may lead to increased referrals for screenings and necessary treatment from which the family and all involved organizations will benefit.

The evaluation for this grant utilizes a pre-test/post-test design, tracking the services and outcomes of youth for the entirety of treatment and up to three months after discharge. Evaluators created an instrument from numerous reliable surveys and measures in order to produce one tool that measures substance use, social skills, emotional well-being, and family functioning. The outcomes acquired from this tool will allow evaluators to provide pertinent information to clinicians in order to better identify and meet the needs of the youth and families in services. In addition, the evaluators will have the opportunity to determine the impact of services on the youth and families during treatment and after discharge, giving the opportunity to gauge the ability of the youth to sustain any gains.

Ready to Learn

The Ready to Learn Project (R2L) is a community-based partnership funded by the US Department of Education. Partners include the City of Springfield (COS), the Women, Infants, and Children Clinic (WIC), Springfield Public Schools (specifically, Shady Dell Elementary), Parents as Teachers (PAT), the Community Partnership of the Ozarks (CPO), the Springfield/Greene County Library (SGCL), and Burrell Behavioral Health (BBH). The goals of the project are to foster collaborations between these agencies in order to integrate their services and provide pre-kindergarten academic, reading readiness, and social and emotional skill development to child 0-7 years of age and their families.