Austin Angels Program Evaluation
National Angels embarking on program evaluation, striving to build evidence
National Angels has partnered with the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) to explore the impact of its services for its Austin Angels chapter. After receiving years of anecdotal feedback to attest to the effectiveness of National Angels’ programming, TXICFW will conduct a rigorous program evaluation of the Austin, Texas chapter to identify the core program components that can be replicated in other areas.
As part of this evaluation, TXICFW researchers will closely examine two of Austin Angels programs. The first program, The Love Box, focuses on a family’s needs and utilizes volunteers who support families as they care for children who are placed with them. The second program, Dare to Dream, pairs adolescent and young adults with mentors who help facilitate successful transitions to adulthood. This evaluation will allow for these programs to be strengthened by investigating the underlying processes and impacts that these programs have on children and families.
The hope is to use findings to expand trauma-informed services to foster families, build evidence of service effectiveness, and ensure that children and families are supported in achieving their goals.