The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative’s 17 sites continually engage in self-evaluation as a way to measure the effectiveness of their implementation, make course corrections, and assess improvement of outcomes for young people. This approach allows us to understand what is working and where we need to make modifications to ensure success. In order to help our sites achieve systems and youth outcomes improvements, we provide tools, strategies, and technical assistance every step along the way. These include:

SITE IMPLEMENTATION TOOLKIT
A step-by-step toolkit used by sites as they immerse themselves in the Jim Casey Initiative approach. The toolkit contains guidelines for getting started as a site, implementing our five core strategies, finding resources for the work, sustaining and potentially expanding the site, and engaging young people.

 

PRACTICE PATHWAYS TOOL
A guide for practice improvement that is designed to answer the question: “To help achieve desired youth outcomes, what practices do we need?” Sites can choose from a broad array of recommended practice goals and tailor their work to the needs of their site and community. This tool includes practice model components, suggested activities and resources, milestones, and indicators to aid sites in their efforts.

 

KEYS TO YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE
A financial education curriculum designed specifically for young people in or formerly in foster care. The curriculum was designed by the Jim Casey Initiative as a component of the Opportunity Passport™.

 

CORE STRATEGIES RUBRIC
A rubric that is designed to help sites think about their work, assess their strengths and challenges, and set goals appropriately.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN
A tool that helps sites examine the degree to which five critical conditions exist in their community. Each Jim Casey Initiative site completes the Environmental Scan during its annual planning process to assess how factors and circumstance have changed, and to understand and address issues affecting outcomes for young people.

 

POLICY MATRIX
A data-collection tool that itemizes the state laws, policies, and practices related to a site’s work and provides a set of systems indicators to help states determine how young people are benefitting as a result.