On the Way Home (OTWH)

Scientific Rating:
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5

Additional Implementation Resources

Since this program On the Way Home (OTWH) was highly rated on the Scientific Rating Scale, program representatives were asked to provide additional implementation information.

Pre-Implementation Materials

There are no pre-implementation materials to measure organizational or provider readiness for On the Way Home (OTWH).

Formal Support for Implementation

There is no formal support available for implementation of On the Way Home (OTWH).

Fidelity Measures

There are fidelity measures for On the Way Home (OTWH) as listed below:

OTWH has an accompanying Model Fidelity Instrument developed to assess reliability of implementation of the OTWH program. This tool provides a mechanism for organizing a Supervisor’s observations of staff and comparing their performances to an objective standard. The Model Fidelity Instrument is on a Boys Town resource website available to all Boys Town employees. It will also be available to other agencies which are trained to implement the program. The instrument consists of four sections: Parent/Family Support (13 items); School Support (5 items); Homework Support (3 items); and Documentation Review (4 items). Evaluators/supervisors use observation data to score items on a five point scale (1 – Incorrect, 2 – Below Average, 3 – Average, 4 – Above Average, 5 – Excellent) according to definitions. Language in the definitions is consistent with the OTWH training. Additional training is not required to use the Model Fidelity Instrument. For more information, contact Patrick Tyler, PhD, LIMHP, LPC, by email (Patrick.tyler@boystown.org), or phone (531-355-1222).

Implementation Guides or Manuals

There are implementation guides or manuals for On the Way Home (OTWH) as listed below:

During a two-week preservice workshop, Family Consultants are provided with an overall OTWH program manual and a separate manual for the Boys Town Common Sense Parenting (CSP) program. The On the Way Home Program Manual consists of 7 chapters (Model Overview, Roles and Expectations, Initial Intake Meeting, Modified Check & Connect, Homework Support, Common Sense Parenting, and Discharge Planning) and five appendices with supplemental documents, checklists, intervention menus, toolkits, and forms.

As part of the training for the Common Sense Parenting component, Family Consultants receive a Trainer Guide, a Parenting Workbook, a Parent book, and a flash drive of all the material. These materials provide all of the implementation information required for the parent training component. Finally, the Family Consultant is also required to complete online courses related to OTWH. For more information, contact Patrick Tyler, PhD, LIMHP, LPC, by email (Patrick.tyler@boystown.org), or phone (531-355-1222).

Research on How to Implement the Program

Research has been conducted on how to implement On the Way Home (OTWH) as listed below:

Trout, A. L., Jansz, C., Epstein, M. H., & Tyler, P. (2013). Evaluating service delivery in aftercare for school-aged youth departing out-of-home care. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 7, 142-153. doi:10.1080/15548732.2013.770356