Performance Measure ED8

Note: Information on this page is subject to change. Applicants should always refer to the performance measure instructions published with the NOFO. Grantees should refer to the performance measure instructions for the grant year in which they were funded.
Number of youth with decreased substance abuse, arrest, or gang involvement.
Goal 1: Education: K-12 Success


Youth: Those reported in ED1, ED2, ED3A or ED4A.
Gang involvement: May mean associating with gang members or participating in gang activities.
Substance abuse: May mean use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, including abuse of prescription drugs.
Arrest: Means an action by a police officer that is called “arrest” by that law enforcement agency regardless of whether the arrest results in a conviction.

How to Calculate Measure/Collect Data

Measure gets at the instances of substance abuse, arrest, or gang involvement before and after the CNCS-supported program. Either official police records or pre-program and post-program surveys; Pre-program survey should refer to at least prior year. If surveys are used, they need to be validated instruments. As this information is highly sensitive, the survey process is also very important.


This measure is appropriate only for programs serving students with previously demonstrated substance abuse, arrest, or gang involvement problems. The program should demonstrate that students have had at least one of these problems in the past and that after attending the program, they experienced a decline in that problem.

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