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Findings From the Safe Kids/Safe Streets National Evaluation: Safe Kids/Safe Streets, Toledo, Ohio

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This report describes the planning and implementation and evaluation results from the Safe Kids/Safe Streets (SK/SS) national evaluation on the Lucas County SK/SS program in Toledo, OH.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the Safe Kids/Safe Streets (SK/SS) program which began in 1997 is designed to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect and the development of juvenile delinquency by funding community collaboratives. Five localities within five States implemented the SK/SS program: Alabama, Missouri, Ohio, Vermont, and Michigan. This report presents findings from the SK/SS national evaluation on the Lucas County SK/SS demonstration program located in Toledo, OH. This program was unique in that it was awarded only “seed funding” from OJP to more fully develop prevention programs for child abuse and neglect. Toledo’s collaborative built on existing community groups and was composed of a governing council, a steering committee, subcommittees, and workgroups. The SK/SS program undertook activities under each of the four federally mandated program elements: system reform and accountability, continuum of services, data collection and evaluation, and prevention education and public information. The report discusses each of these elements. Project accomplishments, as well as local perspectives on these accomplishments are presented and discussed. In acknowledging the success of the Lucas County SK/SS program, several factors had a positive impact on the program: alliances and collaboration with other organizations and a strong lead agency.

Date Published: January 1, 2004