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Martin School of Public Policy and Administration

Executive Summary

In late 2004 the Kentucky Drug Endangered Children Alliance was created to bring attention to the methamphetamine problem in Kentucky and coordinate the efforts of many different agencies. The Training Network is part of the Alliance and seeks to educate the various service providers that may come into contact with the child victims of caregiver meth abuse and production. The Training Network estimates it has provided training to almost ten thousand individuals in the three years it has been at work.

My evaluation of the implementation of this training effort focused on the type and number of participants and whether the goals and intentions of the network were achieved. Because the founders of this program did not intend for it to be long-term, the structure and goals of the program were not planned beyond holding a few trainings on the subject of methamphetamine in Kentucky. They expected another well-established agency to incorporate the need for training on the subject of drug endangered children and methamphetamine. Even now, three years after they began, the program had no logic model or consistent evaluation methods. By using a coverage analysis, reviewing program records, and conducting a component analysis I determined that the Alliance Training Network has room for improvement, particularly in the areas of built-in evaluation and consistent record-keeping. If the Training Network works to improve planning and evaluation they could use their knowledge to not only improve their current trainings but improve the likelihood of successful programs in other states that are dealing with similar problems.