On Track Science-Based Evaluation
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- Joel Phillips, President
America On Track has a long-standing commitment to evidence-based practice, including the use of formative evaluation as a means of informing program decisions and improvement. On Track has an established relationship with the Center for Applied Research Solutions, a Sacramento-based consulting firm with over 25 years of experience conducting local, state, and national evaluations of youth-based programs. To date, the firm has completed more than 100 evaluation studies ranging from limited-budget evaluations to the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention's National Cross-Site Evaluation of High Risk Youth Programs, one of the largest national evaluations of youth services programs ever undertaken. This study earned CARS and CSAP the American Evaluation Association's (AEA) Outstanding Study Award. CARS also manages the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs' center for training and technical assistance in mentoring.
America On Track uses this nationally recognized science-based evaluation firm to document its success and results with the Kids On Track... Through Mentoring and Fitness Program, as well as with all county and federal health programs that On Track implements in Orange County, California.
CARS' evaluation of the On Track programs involves both process and outcome measurement to assess program effectiveness. Results are recorded, studied, considered and applied to all future program design.
On Track has a well-respected reputation for achieving measurable and meaningful outcomes and involving youth in the process, as well as other stakeholders including schools, law enforcement, various community organizations, parents and others. Please click to view the highlights of our mentoring successes, and please click to view the highlights of our Tobacco Prevention Project successes.