National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD)
The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) is used by all states to collect information on all youth age 16 and older who receive independent living services paid for or provided by the Chafee Independence Program and data collected from annual Youth Outcomes Surveys. The information collected helps states track independent living services and outcomes based on these services.
States first began collecting information in October 2010 and are required to report data semi-annually. The two reporting periods run Oct. 1 through March 31 and April 1 through Sept. 30. Independent living services provided to youth by participating independent living coordinators, social workers, private child caring agencies, mentors, foster families or other community partners.
The NYTD Youth Outcomes Survey covers six categories:
Experience with homelessness;
Positive connections with adults;
High-risk behavior; and
Access to health insurance.
Youth in state custody first are surveyed at age 17 with follow-up surveys at ages 19 and 21 regardless of state custody. Information from the surveys is used to improve services to older youth in foster care and those aging out of foster care.
The data collected by NYTD and Youth Outcomes Survey helps agencies evaluate services and outcomes for youth in foster care and aging out of foster care. The database and survey results are used to better define agency roles and perfect services to best prepare youth for self-sufficiency and a more successful transition into adulthood.