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USF Logic Model Team E-News
Changing Communities with Purpose

  April 2010 E-news


Logic Model Development

The USF Logic Model Team website offers a variety of on-line orientation and resources for those wishing to utilize the tools of the national evaluation to develop and assess their community-based systems of care.

  • Narrations of exemplary logic models by site directors and others involved in system development demonstrate key components of planning for sustainability.

  • Tutorials of the System of Care Practice Review are beneficial to System of Care planners, implementers, administrators, managers, supervisors, service providers, and families who are interested in learning about a tool for improving service quality and outcomes for children and their families.

USF Logic Model Team E-News for System of Care Communities

Resources to Develop and Assess Your Community-based System of Care

What's New?

Welcome to the New Communities Funded in 2009!

Congratulations on receiving funding for your community. As you know, the development of a Theory of Change and Logic Model are an important part of your first year deliverables. We are available to help you through this process. If you are interested in contracting with the USF Team for technical assistance, please contact Sandra Dwinell at sdwinell@fmhi.usf.edu for details and pricing information.

Tampa Conference Materials:

Over five hundred fifty researchers, administrators, policymakers, family members, youth, clinicians and other stakeholders from all over the nation (and internationally) gathered in Tampa, Florida to attend the 23rd Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference March 7 - 10. Intensive workshops, key plenary presentations, poster and individual sessions were filled with constructive dialogue about key innovations in the field of children's mental health. Presentations on Systems of Care Communities, the National Evaluation, and Theories of Change Logic Model Development include:

  • Putting the Pieces Together to Sustain Youth Voice demonstrated how applying a logic model and partnering with evaluators can improve and ease implementation of a youth guided principle to sustain youth voice and support systems of care communities. pdf (1.28MB)
  • Using the System of Care Practice Review (SOCPR) as an Evaluation and Fidelity Tool discussed in detail the SOCPR, an evaluation tool that uses case studies to examine a program, agency or system's adherence to system of care values and principles at the practice level, and how well the overall service delivery system meets the needs of children, youth and their families. pdf (966kb)

  • Wraparound Child and Family-Team Processes among Youth Transitioning to Adulthood used data from two evaluations of a system of care to examine how qualities of wraparound child and family teams, their influence on youth functioning, and associated contextual factors differ among families of transition-age versus younger youth. pdf (284kb)

  • Comparison of Characteristics of Children and Adolescents Receiving CMHI and NCTSI Grant Service utilized national evaluation data to investigate a range of factors that may vary across the two populations, such as: demographics, socioeconomics, presenting problems, trauma exposure, and degree of clinical and/or functional impairment. pdf (298kb)

  • Family-Driven Evaluation: Using National Evaluation Data to Provide Individualized Family Reports outlined the development of an Individualized family report designed to allow families to use national evaluation data to monitor their personal change. The presentation highlighted challenges/solutions in the development of the Individualized family report. pdf (495kb)

  • Understanding Trauma: Its Impact on Child and Family Outcomes/A Trauma-Informed Approach to Systems Transformation reviewed the core components of the Maine THRIVE trauma-informed approach and how they overlap with system of care principles. The panel described the development process, including the participation of youth and families, pilot results, and the statewide implementation of the assessment. pdf (653kb) I pdf (654kb)

  • Bringing It into Focus: Using Logic Models as the Lens for SOC Implementation and Evaluation shared system of care communities highlights from their logic model development process focusing on implementation and evaluation. The importance of a logic model as the foundation for system of care implementation, the iterative and adaptive nature of this tool, and the critical nature of its use for community continuous quality improvement efforts were discussed. pdf (657kb)

  • Lessons Learned from the National Evaluation final plenary presentation focused on three system of care principles at the service level and outcomes: youth guided, family driven, and cultural and linguistic competence. It used data collected on over 98,000 children and youth from communities initially funded from 2002 to 2006. pdf (201kb)

Other conference presentations of interest to SOC Communities:

  • Cultural Competence: Gains Made, Challenges Ahead reflects back on the origins of the initial cultural competence movement, on lessons learned and progress made; and moves to the current frameworks of disparities and behavioral health equity, discussing new tools and strategies for moving forward. pdf (949kb)

  • The State of Our National Data Infrastructure for Children's Mental Health summarizes the current state of measures embedded within national, largely public-use surveys, to understand children's mental health and service patterns, as well as upcoming changes and federal priorities. pdf (525kb) | pdf (262kb)

  • Transition in Three Service Systems: Similarities and Differences examines some of the transition-related issues that are unique or more prevalent for youth who have been identified by and received their primary care management from the special education system, the child welfare system, or the juvenile justice system. pdf (367kb) | pdf (369kb) | pdf (390kb)

  • Researchers, Evaluators and Practitioners: Using Data to Develop and Strengthen Systems of Care During the past 25 years much has been learned about systems of care and wraparound. These lessons come from investigations conducted from three unique perspectives: research, evaluation, and program administration. pdf (370kb) | pdf (415kb)

  • School-Based Mental Health: Some Current Perspectives presents three current perspectives on providing school-based mental health to children who have emotional disturbances: special education programs for children who have emotional disturbance; children's mental health services research; and school-based programs to provide support for caregivers of children who have emotional disturbance. pdf (811kb) | pdf (578kb) | pdf (440kb)

  • Family and Youth Roles in the System of Care: The Evolution of Influence presents both formal research and first-person accounts about the development of family and youth roles in systems of care over the last 25 years. pdf (384kb) | pdf (379kb)

Coming Soon!

Increasing Utilization Strategies for Engaging Culturally/Racially Diverse Children and their Families in Mental Health Services
The purpose of this monograph is to increase awareness of the impact of culture on the utilization of mental health services and to provide field-based examples of strategies that can increase utilization for culturally/racially diverse children and families.

Need More Info?

For more information on the technical assistance offered by the USF Logic Model Team, please visit our website or contact Sandra Dwinell at (813) 974-0342 or via email at sdwinell@fmhi.usf.edu.

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