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We’re seeking congregate care providers serving youth ages 13–19 to participate in a study of THRIVE. Congregate care providers who agree to participate will be randomly assigned to one of two groups: a group that will receive THRIVE (i.e., program group) or a group that will not (i.e., comparison group). This will allow us to compare the outcomes of youth and child welfare professionals who receive THRIVE to the outcomes of youth and child welfare professionals who do not receive it. Congregate care providers who are randomly assigned to the comparison group one year will have an opportunity to be selected to receive THRIVE the following year.

FAQs for Study Partners

  • Assign a person to assist with scheduling the THRIVE program (if they are selected for the program group) and data collection at times convenient for staff and youth.
  • Support youth and staff participation in the study and allow a researcher to visit their site to collect survey data.
  • Support youth and staff participation in the THRIVE program (if they are selected for the program group) and allow a researcher to observe part of the program.
  • Providers in the program group receive a $1,000 incentive and the THRIVE program for their staff and youth. The program is delivered by trained facilitators.
  • Providers in the comparison group receive a $3,000 incentive.
  • Youth will be asked to complete five surveys over one year. Three of the surveys will take 15–20 minutes to complete; two of the surveys will take 5–10 minutes to complete.
  • Staff will be asked to complete four surveys over one year. Each survey will take 15–20 minutes to complete.
  • Some youth and staff may be invited to participate in an interview.
  • Participation in the study is voluntary.
  • Youth and staff will receive gift cards as incentives.
  • The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Colorado Department of Human Services, and the Kansas Department for Children and Families support the implementation and evaluation of THRIVE in their respective states. 
  • The evaluation plan is being reviewed by Institutional Review Boards at each of the participating universities and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
  • The evaluation team will follow each state’s rules for obtaining consent for minors in care. Youth will also be asked to assent to participating in the study.