Request for Proposals to Evaluate Programs for Foster Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

Posted in: Current Opportunities, Youth, Families, and Communities

Posted on April 11, 2018

Question deadline: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Proposal deadline: Friday, June 15, 2018

The New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) is requesting proposals to evaluate the two programs funded under the foster youth transitioning to adulthood initiative.

In New York City, approximately 600 young adults “age out” of foster care (i.e., reach the age of adulthood without a permanent family) each year.[i]

Those who age out of foster care without a permanent family arrangement are at significantly elevated risk of criminal justice system involvement and other negative life outcomes. Through CJII, DANY has provided funding to expand and enhance two programs for foster youth (ages 16 to 24) who will soon transition to adulthood or who have recently transitioned to adulthood from the child welfare system.

Applicants seeking to evaluate the two programs should propose a design for a process evaluation, outcome evaluation, and optional cost-benefit analysis of each program. Applicants must propose to evaluate both of the programs. Broadly, DANY is interested in understanding how the programs are implemented, whether they are effective in reducing risk factors for criminal justice involvement (e.g., disconnection from both education and employment, participation in criminal behavior), and whether they are cost-effective.

This solicitation reflects DANY’s broad commitment to data-driven decision-making and to informing the research and practice field in New York and more widely. This investment is part of DANY’s broader investments in prevention, which collectively aim to prevent crime, improve public safety, and reduce involvement in the justice system.

DANY anticipates awarding up to one contract, with total funding up to $600,000 over a contract period up to four years, for evaluation of the two programs.



  • The deadline to submit questions about this RFP is Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Questions should be submitted through the CJII application portal.
  • The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, June 15, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Proposals should be submitted through the CJII application portal.


ISLG is the technical assistance consultant to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for CJII. ISLG provides input to DANY, manages and provides guidance to the grantees funded under CJII, and conducts oversight and performance measurement throughout the lifetime of the initiative. All funds are administered through the Research Foundation of CUNY (Research Foundation).


[i] New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). Foster care discharges of youth 12 and older. Strategic Management Report. Provided by ACS to ISLG on August 5, 2016.

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