Preventing ACES through Collaboration and Economic Supports (PACES) Evaluation

Project Overview:

Foundation Communities, in partnership with United Way of Greater Austin, has contracted with the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) to evaluate its Preventing ACEs Through Collaboration and Economic Supports (PACES) program.

The PACES program aims to improve participation in the earned income tax credit in order to alleviate economic burden and build protective factors against ACEs for families. TXICFW’s study is comprised of survey and interview data from clients who utilize Foundation Communities tax prep services and community partners who attend the Adverse Childhood Experiences and Mitigating Factors training hosted by Foundation Communities in partnership with the United Way of Greater Austin. The study also includes de-identified data from the internal database of Foundation Communities.

Research Activities:

TXICFW is carrying out the following evaluation activities:

  1. Conducting surveys and interviews with community partners who completed the Adverse Childhood Experiences and Mitigating Factors Training
  2. Conducting surveys and interviews with clients who utilize Foundation Communities tax prep services
  3. Developing Year 2 and Year 3 program evaluation reports utilizing survey, interview, and Foundation Communities administrative data