RENEW evaluation

Dates: 2012-2013

State: Massachusetts

Client(s): Institute for Health and Recovery

Service: Applied Research & Evaluation

Technical Expertise: Family Planning & Reproductive Health


Adult women released from incarceration often struggle with substance use, co-occurring disorders, and other difficulties. These women are in need of comprehensive and sustainable support during re-entry and reintegration into their communities and their family life. The Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR) provides integrated, trauma-informed outpatient treatment and case management to female offenders leaving the Bristol County Women’s Center through Project RENEW (ReEntry Network for Empowering Women). The goal of RENEW was to expand substance use/co-occurring disorder (SUD/COD) treatment for adult women leaving prison, as well as ensuring safe reentry into communities and reintegration into families. RENEW aimed to serve a total of 150 women and their families over the next three years. JSI was contracted by IHR to evaluate this three-year project.

JSI worked collaboratively with RENEW program administrators and staff to define key evaluation questions, develop data collection measures and instruments that effectively capture program efforts, provide feedback to program staff on how to improve data quality, and present relevant program data in a formative manner toward promoting ongoing, reflective program improvement. JSI monitored and reported on process and outcome measures with the goal of demonstrating improvement in key outcome measures, as they relate to substance use, victimization and conflict, and levels of involvement, support and satisfaction with family, due to participation in RENEW.

This project was funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and collaborators included the Bristol County Women’s Center, AdCare Criminal Justice Services, Inc., and the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office.