Since 2016, Texas CASA and the local CASA network have been working to identify and track volunteer advocacy efforts and effectiveness regarding CASA’s impact on child well-being, and we are excited to soon show how our data can demonstrate CASA advocacy within safety, connections and transition to adulthood.
After receiving the Child Outcomes Study in May 2016, CASA leadership discussed as a network during the ED/PD Retreat (now The Forum) that we had no way to track our effectiveness regarding CASA’s impact on child well-being, which is where we felt CASA advocacy was largely concentrated. Following that retreat, Texas CASA formed a CASA Advocacy Coalition of 20 local programs to re-envision how CASA makes a difference and what CASA advocacy activities equates to that difference. That was accomplished through a CASA logic model, which we plan to revise again this year.
The next step was to look at the 50 advocacy activities included in the CASA logic model and reach a consensus as a network on where to focus for well-being. The areas of focus were determined to be: safety, connections and transition to adulthood.
The final step was for a focus group consisting of 12 local programs to work together to determine what CASA advocacy looks like in those areas and how we could track our advocacy activities within our standardized 25 activity types.
We will get our first glimpse of how our data can demonstrate our advocacy within these three well-being areas at The Forum on March 30-31! If you have not yet registered, you can do so here before registration closes on Wednesday, March 9!