Learning Collaborative Evaluation
CANY’s most recent learning collaborative project has been generously funded by the TOW foundation to work specifically with agencies in Connecticut who work with trauma affected youth. In the first two years of the project CANY trained 8 agencies in therapeutic drama techniques. Year three has been focused on sustainability with 7 of sites who have completed training.
CANY Learning Collaborative Evaluation Findings
2011-2013 (Cohorts 1 & 2)
Evaluation findings from the Learning Collaborative’ s pilot and second year of implementation confirm that the Learning Collaborative is an effective method for disseminating the CANY model. A summary of the results appears below.
1. From 2011-2013, 46 trainees from 8 Connecticut-based agencies completed the CANY Learning Collaborative Training program, and 199 young people had exposure to CANY drama groups led by the trainees.
2. Both quantitative and qualitative data demonstrate that the CANY Learning Collaborative Training program provided trainees with a valuable skill set, the use of which will extend beyond the scope of the training.
3. Feedback from clientele at the trainees’ organizations indicate that the young people who participated in CANY groups found them valuable and fun, and that they alleviated some symptoms of trauma and improved the emotional health of many participants.
4. The varying levels of success at different organizations, in both trainees’ Learning Collaborative completion, embeddedness of CANY practices, and clients’ experience of the CANY groups, suggest that the organizational health of participant organizations may play a larger role in the trainings’ success than initially recognized.
5. Many trainee organizations expressed strong levels of interest in joining the CANY Registry of Therapeutic Drama Providers, but also indicated budgetary restrictions. 7 of the 8 agencies have enrolled in a third year of sustainability and further training (the 8th agency has closed down since training) in spite of lack of funds. It may be worthwhile for CANY to collaborate with participant organizations in identifying funding opportunities, or to assess beforehand organizations’ ability to allocate resources to continued supervision and oversight of CANY group leaders following the completion of the Learning Collaborative.