Thank you for your interest in becoming an External Evaluator

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation is seeking qualified organizations/individuals to serve as the External Evaluator for its Connected Youth Initiative (CYI) competitive grant processes. CYI will work with older youth who have been involved in the foster care, juvenile justice or child welfare systems.

Nebraska Children is engaging in this effort to help unconnected youth in rural areas of Nebraska become contributing, independent citizens. For the purposes of this work, unconnected youth are defined as young people ages 14-24 who are currently or have been in the Nebraska foster care system, have had contact with child protective services, have had contact with the juvenile justice system (but are not on probation), or are homeless or near homeless. This effort uses a collective impact approach to create systems change in rural Nebraska communities and builds on a model (Project Everlast) that has proven successful in urban areas. It is anticipated that a diverse portfolio of 7 to 10 subgrantees will be selected by Nebraska Children and Families Foundation to implement the Connected Youth Initiative using such an approach.

The Connected Youth Initiative is co-funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund. Learn more about the Connected Youth Initiative here. More information about the Social Innovation Fund can be found at http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/social-innovation-fund.

Evaluation is perhaps the central feature of Social Innovation Fund grants. Social Innovation fund grantees are required to have at least preliminary evidence of effectiveness for funded efforts. Social Innovation Fund grantees are also expected to advance the level of evidence that exists. See Appendix A of the RFP for definitions of levels of evidence. To meet the second of these expectations, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation will work with an external evaluator to move evidentiary support for its Connected Youth Initiative from a preliminary level to either a moderate or strong level by December 1, 2017.

This is a two-year federal grant, with potential for extension to five years total, based on performance. Extension of the evaluation contract in subsequent years will depend upon performance and extension of the grant.

If you are interested in becoming an External Evaluator, please click on the button below to complete the RFP.

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