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Evaluate Family and Youth Development Programs

Grants to New York City Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies
to Assess Programs that Benefit Family and Youth Development

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New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) - Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII)

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12/22/17 11:59 PM EST Receipt


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Grants to New York City nonprofits, for-profits, and government agencies for the evaluation of programs related to family and youth development, particularly in at-risk populations. Funds are intended to evaluate select programs that are innovative or new, that have not been evaluated in the past, or that will be implemented in such a way that an evaluation is feasible. The goal of this solitication is to increase an understanding of how programs are implemented, whether they are effective in reducing risk factors for criminal justice involvement, and whether they are cost-effective.

Of the nine programs funded as part of the Family and Youth Development Programs investment, four have been selected for evaluation as part of this solicitation.

These programs include the following:
- Program 1. Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation: Margaret’s Place in Communities Impacted by Trauma-exposed Youth (MP-CITY).
The Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation (SAH) will expand their current Margaret’s Place program to establish Margaret’s Place in Communities Impacted by Trauma-exposed Youth (MP-CITY) in two Washington Heights middle/high schools. MP-CITY will include school-based components for children, such as therapeutic counseling and prevention education, and the larger school community; and community-based services for parents/caregivers and families, which be provided by the Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC).

- Program 2. Legal Aid Society: Medical-Legal Partnership
The Legal Aid Society and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Child and Family Institute (CFI) will establish a medical-legal partnership (MLP) serving New York City students with disabilities, students at risk of suspension, and their families. The Legal Aid Society will provide legal advocacy for students who need special education services via legal screenings, Know-Your-Rights sessions for parents and guardians, and representation for youth in special education and suspension hearings. They will also provide training to case managers in Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Home & Community-Based Services Waiver Program and all staff in the outpatient mental health clinic with the goal of enhancing medical staff’s ability to identify and assist students and families in need of legal services.

Through the CJII FYD initiative grant, St. Luke’s will provide trauma training to staff at both The Legal Aid Society and Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s, medical/mental health case consultation, and a community outreach education session on the impact of trauma on communities, families, and children, particularly as it relates to justice involvement. It is important to note that children and families served by the MLP will have access to services in the outpatient mental health center and/or the Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s Waiver Program not funded through FYD, such as case coordination, crisis intervention, and skill-building activities.

- Program 3. Osborne Association: FamilyWorks Harlem
The Osborne Association will partner with the Harlem Restoration Project (“HRP”) to establish FamilyWorks Harlem, which will deliver a two-pronged program, with one component focusing on young people in families affected by incarceration (“Youth Experience Success”) and another focusing on parents and caregivers in the community (“Healthy Relationships”). In addition to these two components, Osborne and HRP will offer the following ongoing support services for youth of all ages and their families: benefits screening and enrollment; recreational activities for youth; drop-in computer lab and tutoring sessions; drop-in workshops for caregivers; support groups for children, caregivers, and recently incarcerated parents; monthly book club; referrals to services; crisis management; and video visiting. In total, Osborne and HRP estimate that they will serve 125 families annually through YES and/or Healthy Relationships, some of whom will also receive the aforementioned additional support services.

- Program 4. Sanctuary for Families: FamilySafe Project
Despite the number of tools already available to assess child-parent attachment, there continues to be a need for new assessments or adaptations of existing assessments that are context specific and designed to inform practitioners, and not just researchers. For instance, it may not be feasible for an intake specialist to go through the Strange Situation Procedure with each family that wishes to utilize services. As such, Sanctuary for Families (“Sanctuary”), in partnership with STEPS to End Family Violence (“STEPS”), will establish the FamilySafe Project which will provide evidence-based, trauma-informed interventions to adult abuse victims and their children, employing a family-focused therapy program that emphasizes repairing ruptured attachments between parents and children. Interventions will include, but may not be limited to, ChildParent Psychotherapy (CPP), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), and Parenting Journey.

As part of the FamilySafe Project, Sanctuary and STEPS will develop an assessment tool that will help clinicians identify the extent to which an attachment disruption between the non-abusing parent and child has occurred, and the presence of protective factors in the relationship. Ultimately, Sanctuary and STEPS are seeking to develop a tool that will inform a treatment plan and aid practitioners in directing families to appropriate interventions. To our knowledge, such a tool does not exist. The proposed tool will include elements of previously validated tools.

Applicants may, but are not required, to propose to evaluate all four of the eligible programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182409

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

DANY anticipates awarding one or more contracts.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum funding per evaluation/program is $400,000. DANY may fund one applicant to evaluate all four programs; or multiple applicants, each of which would evaluate one or more of the programs. Thus, applicants may request up to $1.4 million total.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Contract Start Date: Late Spring 2018
The funding will be up to 4.5 years. Funding for the full 4.5 years would support an evaluation of programs funded under the Family and Youth Development Programs initiative over the three-year implementation of the investment itself, as well as an additional year for follow-up data collection and six months for preparation of the final evaluation report.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For-profits, non-profits, and government agencies are eligible to apply. Non-profits without 501(c)(3) status are required to have a fiscal sponsor in place upon proposal submission.

Eligibility Criteria:
- Applicants should have experience and success partnering with relevant community-based organizations and government agencies to collect and interpret data; and experience conducting process, outcome, and/or ROI evaluations of programs that serve families and youth.
- Collaboration and Partnership: Applicants must work closely with ISLG and programs funded through the Family and Youth Development initiative throughout all phases of the evaluation

Pre-Application Information:

Questions about this RFP and/or about individual programs/providers listed in this solicitation may be submitted in writing through the CJII application portal (see Contact Information below). Questions and requests for clarification must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on Friday, October 27, 2017. All questions should be submitted through the application portal and not directly to the programs/providers listed in this solicitation. ISLG will coordinate with programs/providers, as necessary, to provide answers to program-specific questions.

Answers to all questions will be available as an addendum to this RFP by 11:59pm on Friday, November 17, 2017. It will be the responsibility of the proposers to check the CJII website to remain up-to-date regarding all addenda issued for the current RFP. Any addenda will be posted alongside the RFP here:

The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, December 22, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Proposals should be submitted through the CJII application portal.


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Questions regarding RFP content should be submitted in writing at by the date and time specified above. Questions regarding technical difficulties should be sent to

Manhattan District Attorney’s Office
One Hogan Place
New York, NY 10013

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