Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Foster Youth Strategic Initiative: 2016 Evaluation Report

December 2016

Westat along with the University of California, Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs and Action Research Partners, present the fourth year evaluation report of the Foster Youth Strategic Initiative in Los Angeles County (LAC) and New York City (NYC).

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Foster Youth

Achieving healthy and productive lives for transition age youth in foster care.. Learn more ›

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Julia Friedman

Communications Manager

The Conrad N. Hilton Foster Youth Strategic Initiative (FYSI) grew out of an extensive research and synthesis process that included the perspectives of a wide variety of stakeholders. Ultimately, the process helped the Foundation better understand the challenges facing transition-age youth (TAY) and identify successful models for change; this work became the foundation for FYSI. In February 2012, the Board of Directors approved FYSI. The FYSI launched in March 2012; the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) component (or evaluation) began in March 2013.

To address the myriad issues facing TAY, those in care and transitioning out of care, the Foundation provides grants to organizations and entities with the potential to meet the three overarching goals of FYSI: (1) to increase TAY self-sufficiency, (2) to strengthen and increase cross-system collaboration and promote systems change, and (3) to develop and disseminate new knowledge about the needs of TAY and effective strategies for meeting those needs.