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Project

Evaluation of Colorado’s Collaborative Management Program

Official Title
CDHS Collaborative Management Program
Location(s)
Colorado
Dates
02/2016 – 06/2018
Market
Social Programs
Practice Areas
Child and Family Issues
Child Welfare
Family and Youth Services
Interoperability
State and Local Government
Services
Mixed Method Evaluations
Outcome Evaluations
Client
Colorado Department of Human Services
Sub To
Colorado State University’s Social Work Research Center
Methodologies
In-depth Interviews
Quasi-experimental Impact Evaluations

As a subcontractor to Colorado State University’s (CSU) Social Work Research Center, IMPAQ strengthened the evaluation processes that support the evaluation of Colorado’s Collaborative Management Program (CMP). The purpose of the CMP, administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services’ (CDHS) Division of Child Welfare, is to improve service delivery by facilitating cross-agency coordination in intervention planning for children, youth, and families involved with multiple systems, including child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and health/mental health.

Our team of senior researchers, analysts, programmers, and survey experts has decades of experience in evaluation research, data collection, survey design, and human services. Their quasi-experimental, propensity score matching outcome evaluation determined the extent to which the program meets its statutory goals, providing a high degree of confidence that estimated program impacts reflect CMP services and interagency collaboration appropriately, while ruling out extraneous effects.

The results of the annual outcome evaluation allowed CDHS to understand clearly the effectiveness of the program. We provided critical evidence on the quality and cost-effectiveness for those children served by the program compared with those served independently by multiple programs.