In accordance with the requirements of the Children’s Amendment, DCYF conducts evaluations to ensure program quality, support continual improvement, and measure progress toward performance targets. The Department also collects and analyzes data from local, state, and national sources, and issues internal and externally produced reports.
In addition to periodic reports and evaluations, DCYF conducts a comprehensive Community Needs Assessment every three years, and uses the results to craft the Children's Services Allocation Plan, which determines how the Department will allocate funds for the next three years.
Continuous investment in evaluation is essential to achieve positive outcomes for children, youth, and their families. DCYF remains committed to looking at funded programs holistically, and will continue to assess program quality using established standards. Among the many benefits of the evaluations, DCYF will be able to monitor organizational health, review service need and reach, and help determine capacity-building needs for service providers.
DCYF compiles data from our grantees and other local, state, and national sources to aid in planning and shaping investments and create policy.
This series of Issue Briefs highlights DCYF’s major investments in Out of School Time, Summer, Teen, Workforce, and Violence Prevention and Intervention programming, as well as in capacity building and partnerships with SFUSD and City Departments. Each brief contains charts, service maps and text detailing characteristics of and funding for programming, demographics of youth served, and youth engagement in programming.
DCYF, our grantees, and our partners issue periodic reports on our work, best practices, and many other topics related to children, youth and families in San Francisco.