Evaluation Baseline Survey Procedures

  1. Staff at Evaluation associated agency identifies potential research evaluation participants.

    • All young persons enrolled in associated programs are eligible participants

  2. Inform young person about the evaluation study at program enrollment and obtains verbal or written consent for a research assistant to contact the young person by phone or email. See sample consent form here.

    • “The evaluation study is a study to improve housing interventions programs for young adults. You would take a survey that will ask you about your experience in programming, and your experiences with homelessness. If you’re interested, we will go over it in more detail”

  3. Research Assistant schedules time for baseline survey and consent procedures. If youth is interested in participating in the study, schedule time to conduct informed consent procedures and baseline survey. These two activities must occur together (e.g. during the same meeting time). While a break can occur after informed consent and before the baseline, they must happen on the same day. Plan for approximately 1 hour to complete this task. The BASELINE survey will be administered before a participant enters a housing program or up to 14 days after initial move in date.

    • Surveys can be administered in person by RA or over the phone. If over phone email research assistant copy of consent form.

  4. Assess for literacy constraints during enrollment stage.  If youth requires a phone interview, you will need to contact Robin Petering to schedule a time to conduct the survey by phone. Use REALM-SF.

  5. Explain participant consent and contact information.  Ensure young person understands the study and the risks to participating. See detailed consent procedures.

    • Have hard copy of consent documentation and offer to participant.

    • Please make clear to youth that you cannot access their survey responses.  These are private. In no way will program partners (or anyone outside research staff at USC) be able to view their answers.

    • Inform youth that they will have the opportunity to complete 4 surveys total and be invited to schedule a face to face open ended interview with a USC research staff to discuss their experience in the programming. Their participation in the study will inform future programming for young persons experiencing homelessness

    • Participants can receive between $80 - 100 for participation

  6. Obtain electronic signature of consent. Have a hard copy of consent form on hand but consent signature will be entered on the electronic signature. Research staff must witness the participant enter their name and date in the electronic survey as well as their own name and date as a witness. .

  7. Obtain contact information

    • Tell participant that this is important so that we can find them in the future to take the surveys but none of this information will be connected to their responses in other parts of the evaluation. This information will only be accessed by research staff. It will be protected on a password protected secure server. It will be destroyed at the end of the study.

    • Inform them we will reach out to them throughout the next year to check in to see if anything has changed. This is to ensure that they are given the opportunity to participate and be compensated.

  8. Set youth on the survey on a computer in a private space.The contact information form will automatically load the link to the baseline survey.

    • While youth may ask for help answering questions, we ask that you help with word definitions or concepts, but not in selecting answers.

    • If youth become upset during the survey, we’ve included an adverse events protocol and community resource list if needed.

  9. Compensate participants with $25 in cash after they have completed the survey. Obtain their signature on a receipt.   These will be sent in batches by Point Source Youth.

  10. Thank participant for their time. Remind them that they will be contacted by staff in the upcoming months about future surveys and updating any changes in personal contact information.