Organizing for Outcomes

Jeffrey A. Butts, John Roman, and Elissa Gitlow (2009). Organizing for Outcomes: Measuring the Effects of Reclaiming Futures in Four Communities. Portland, OR: Reclaiming Futures National Program Office.

Based upon four independent evaluations, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Reclaiming Futures initiative appears to have been successful in inspiring important changes in the juvenile justice and substance abuse treatment systems of New Hampshire, Chicago, Santa Cruz, and Seattle. In these communities, more youth received effective screening and assessment after the implementation of Reclaiming Futures. Youth tended to move more quickly through the screening and assessment process, and they participated in more treatment programs and received more support services, including mentoring and various forms of prosocial activities.