MOCKINGBIRD FAMILYTM: Reports & Evaluations
The following outcomes of MOCKINGBIRD FAMILYTM have been collected through ongoing assessments of existing replication sites. For detailed information, please refer to the Management Reports and Evaluations listed below:
Evaluations by the University of Washington's Northwest Institute for Children and Families:
Fifth Report from the University of Washington (February 2007)
Fourth Report from the University of Washington (January 2006)
Third Evaluation from the University of Washington (January 2005)
Second Evaluation from the University of Washington (September 2004)
First Evaluation from the University of Washington (April 2004)
Based on the positive outcomes demonstrated from 2004 to 2009, full-scale evaluations have been suspended as we seek a macro-replication site during Phase II. Once a system-wide program is created, we intend to develop a similar evaluation strategy to assess the impact of MOCKINGBIRD FAMILYTM Constellations compared to non-MOCKINGBIRD FAMILYTM sites.
After launching their first constellation in 2014, the UK has expanded their Mockingbird Family Constellations across the UK. In 2016, the Department for Education did an initial outcome evaluation for youth who were in the constellation. Initial outcomes found increased sense of peer-support for families and youth, better foster parent retention, and greater placement stability for youth in care.
WSIPP 2017 outcome evaluation
At the end of 2017, the Washington State Institute on Public Policy did a review on outcomes for youth in Mockingbird family Constellation. While data was limited, they found that youth had greater placement stability in their foster homes, and only 8% of foster families discontinued after 2 years (compared to the national average of 45%-60% of families who discontinue).
WSIPP 2018 cost-benefit analysis
Following up on the WSIPP outcome evaluation, WSIPP found that 67% of the time, having a constellation saved more than the cost of the constellation. Further research would provide a comprehensive look at financial impact of constellations.