The objective of the Family Options Study is to provide research evidence to help federal policymakers, community planners, and local practitioners make sound decisions about the best ways to address homelessness among families. The study will compare four combinations of housing and service interventions for homeless families who have been in emergency shelters for at least seven days. The study is conducted as a rigorous, multi-site experiment, to determine what interventions work best to promote family stability and well-being. Within the limits of statistical power, the study will also analyze what types of families benefit most from each intervention.
This document is the deliverable under Task 4, the revised Data Collection and Analysis Plan (DCAP). It updates the conceptual framework for the study developed in the 2009 Research Design document developed under Task Order 1 of this contract. This document revises and expands the plans for data collection documented in the 2009 Research Design deliverable. The current document also adds details about plans for conducting the impact analysis and provides an updated assessment of statistical power for the study, taking into account final enrollment across the four interventions and target response rates for the follow-up survey. (Edited author introduction)