A key component of youthCONNECT has been the development of a shared framework for monitoring outcomes. This case study describes the collaborative process and resulting Common Outcomes Framework developed by the youthCONNECT Network. (Figure 1, page 13) The framework was developed to provide a shared basis for understanding the indicators and outcomes that will determine the success of the youthCONNECT Network.
This case study also describes the challenges associated with forming the Network, steps taken to forge the common framework, and key lessons learned along the way. Although this is very much a work-in-progress, we believe the work completed is already yielding ideas and information that will inform similar collaborative efforts.
This document is the first in what we anticipate will be a series of reports charting the development of the youthCONNECT Network, as well as sharing lessons learned and recommendations for the field. This document is the product of youthCONNECT's Evaluation and Common Measures Workgroup (ECOM), comprised of the youthCONNECT network partner organizations' staff members most involved in performance management and program evaluation activities, along with representatives from VPP and Child Trends.