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Check & Connect Student Engagement Intervention | Institute on Community Integration
Institute on Community Integration CEHD

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Measuring Progress Over Time

Friday, October 13, 2017 • 9:45am


At Treehouse the youth we serve have been impacted by the foster care system. In 2012 we began using the Check & Connect program model, in coordination with Person-Centered Planning, to impact a growth in graduation rates for this targeted population of youth. We will share how five years of data collection, program evaluation, and reporting have led to the implemention of a continuous quality improvement process that informs our internal and external stakeholders of the impact our program has for youth in foster care and has led to expansion of our work across Washington State.

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Alison Crow

Alison has fifteen years of experience working in human services. From direct service to management to continuous improvement, Alison strives to learn, adjust, and grow in whatever ways are necessary to effect change and improve the lives of people.

Christian Madruga

Christian Madruga is the Program Analysis Manager at Treehouse and a certified Check & Connect Trainer with a degree in Anthropology from San Diego State University. He has served numerous roles while working for Treehouse, from direct service to managing a team of direct service staff that covered five school districts and 150 youth. Christian was a key stakeholder in the early expansion of Treehouse services from six schools to over 150 schools.


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