DC Project AWARE Evaluation and Technical Assistance

Overview

CHHCS staff and associated faculty at GW worked with the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to evaluate efforts in Year 1 of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Project AWARE grant. DC’s Project AWARE program will leverage and build upon the District’s Comprehensive School Mental Health Plan to build an integrated service delivery model reaching at least 11,000 youth, implement comprehensive training opportunities reaching at least 1,500 educators and administrators, and engage the voices of youth and families in evidence-based, culturally-responsive and developmentally-appropriate mental health infrastructure design and implementation.

CHHCS/GW led data and evaluation activities, monitors outcomes, and ensures ongoing quality improvement to fulfill grant obligations.

The goal of the evaluation was to describe short-term outcomes associated with Project AWARE, including the design and administration of a survey of students’ self-reported access to a trusted adult and knowledge of campus safety net team members.

Specific activities also included:

  • Developing an evaluation workplan
  • Developing protocols and tools for data collection
  • Participation in regular meetings with project partners
  • Leading data, evaluation and technical assistance activities around student referral processes
  • Analyzing and synthesizing evaluation data

Consultation was provided to Barrow Consulting Services; partners also include the Division of Health and Wellness of the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and the Coordinating Council on School Mental Health, Data/Evaluation and Implementation subcommittees.