Authors: Jodi Beckstrom
August 31, 2011
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School

This Independent Study is based on the author's work with Wraparound Maine (WM), a state-level High Fidelity Wraparound Initiative that began in 2007 and serves youth with complex needs who are involved in multiple service systems like Child Welfare, Behavioral Health, Juvenile Justice and Special Education. The Project Director wanted to “work on a study of how to best evaluate Wraparound Sites to delineate factors predicting excellence, especially factors that presumably lie just outside the usual program parameters”. Several important steps needed to take place to find the most appropriate process that would animate that brilliant concept into an actionable project. This paper serves to provide insight into how we ideated the independent study's framework, how we utilized the tool we identified to serve our purpose, and the process we went through to completion. Thus there are three sections: Project Planning, Project Implementation and Project Sustainability. This study was completed by an Ash Center Summer Fellow.

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