Over the past few weeks we've been looking at the PART on a macro-level. Now it's time to take a closer look at PART results for an individual program. The Safe and Drug Free Schools program (SDFS) is a block grant that provides funding to states and school districts for drug and violence prevention in schools. In 2006 it was given a "results not demonstrated" rating. Why?
Let's first examine how SDFS fared on each section of the PART assessment:
Program Purpose and Design - SDFS Score 60%
The program received full credit for three of the five questions in this section - whether the program's purpose is clear, whether the program addresses a specific problem, and whether the program is duplicative of other programs.
It received no credit for two questions. The PART assessment found that SDFS has a design flaw that limits its effectiveness. Because SDFS is a block grant, funding is thinly distributed across all 50 states. As a result, "two-thirds of all school districts receive allocations of less than $10,000, amounts typically too small to mount comprehensive and effective drug prevention and school safety programs." Though the PART points out the design problem, at the end of the day, this is really a funding issue.