How Higher Program Quality Impacts Employee Retention and Youth Elopement

Residential Quality Standards are practices that have been shown to positively impact youth outcomes. Higher quality has also been found to be related to lower staff turnover and lower rates of youth elopement. Presentation will use data from 98 residential programs in Florida and discuss practical applications.


Jonathan C Huefner, Ph.D.

Research Scientist , Boys Town Translational Research Center


Savarra Howry, MSW

Ph.D. Student and Research Assistant , Institute for Quality Children’s Services in the College of Social Work at Florida State University