The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD)


Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF)


The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) is a federally-mandated evaluation of the use of independent living services by foster youth in Wisconsin and a measure of the state’s performance in preparing youth for their transition from foster care to independent living. UWSC conducts a baseline survey of youth in foster care at age 17 as well as a follow-up survey with these youth at ages 19 and 21. Each year, a new cohort of 17-year olds is added to the sample. To encourage participant response, this study is mixed-mode, using web, phone, and mail survey options. UWSC also is in contact with caseworkers to help connect youth to the survey. A component of the mandate is to reach 17-year olds within 45 days after their 17th birthday. UWSC has implemented contact protocols to maximize outreach efforts in this timeframe. UWSC developed an automated sample management and data delivery system to allow new sample to flow to UWSC and data to flow to DCF on a daily basis.


Grete Wichmann and Garrett Wartenweiler


Fall 2013 – Ongoing


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