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PACE Center for Girls

PACE Center for Girls

PACE’s internal and external performance tracking indicates positive outcomes for girls:

  • Of the young women who participated in the program for more than 90 days, 91 percent improved academically and 73 percent improved by one full grade level.
  • Of girls attending the program, 92 percent had no involvement in the criminal justice system one year after transition from PACE and 88 percent remained uninvolved after five years.

Every year, PACE releases a report documenting its performance against various outcome measures.

Within EMCF’s framework for assessing an organization’s evidence of effectiveness, PACE currently meets the standard of “high apparent effectiveness.”   

With the support of the July 2013 EMCF SIF award, PACE has undertaken a randomized controlled trial conducted by MDRC. In January 2016, MDRC released a brief describing the PACE program, the policy context in which it operates, and the evaluation MDRC is conducting. It includes an implementation study and an impact analysis, randomly assigning a sample of 1,250 young women over a period of about 18 months.

The implementation study, released in April 2017, found that the PACE program model was implemented consistently in 14 PACE centers and gender-responsive programing incorporated into all services. After 12 months, girls in PACE were more likely than girls in a control group to have received academic advising and mental health counseling and to have been enrolled in school. An accompanying MDRC brief described the principles of gender-responsive programs and highlighted the PACE implementation study.

The final evaluation results, including analyses of the program’s impact and cost-effectiveness, are due in fall 2018. If the findings are positive, PACE will meet EMCF's standard of "proven effectiveness."