Research & Publications

More is Possible: Formative Evaluation

This summary brief presents finding from a formative evaluation conducted by independent researchers at Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) of My First Place, a program of First Place for Youth that provides critical services to youth adults ages 18-14 who have aged out of the foster care system. The two-year study suggests that My First Place has been effective in achieving its programmatic goals, providing comprehensive services in line with known research and best practices. Early, positive in-program outcomes for youth in the program’s target areas—education, employment, healthy living and housing—suggest that these outcomes may be traced to core elements of the model, which deserve further study and replication by other organizations.

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The Power of Public-Private Partnership in Mississippi’s Child Welfare

Written by Samantha Kalahar and Kimberly Smith This year marks Mississippi’s ninth year as a Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative […]

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In the Media

Advancing Equitable AI in the US Social Sector

One example of an organization using AI to support evidence-based decision-making is First Place for Youth, an organization that helps foster youth make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood. First Place for Youth built a recommendation engine that uses precision analytics—a technology that predicts trends and behavioral patterns by discovering cause-and-effect relationships in data—to analyze program administration and case assessment data, and learn from differences in outcomes among youth.

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March is ‘Stay Paid’ Month at First Place!

March is ‘Stay Paid’ Month at First Place for Youth where we acknowledge all of our young people’s efforts in […]

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