ERIC Number: ED211205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Defining and Assessing Children's Services at the State Level. Children's Services Needs Assessment Project.
Goffin, Stacie; Childress, Ronald
The first phase of a four-phase needs assessment study of children's services in West Virginia is reported at length in this document. (The remaining three phases are also briefly described.) In this first phase of the study, the efforts of other states in providing children's services were surveyed, relevant literature was reviewed, and applicable materials from within West Virginia were analyzed. The resulting conceptual framework described (1) actual services delivered to children 6 years of age and under, (2) process variables which determined the ways in which services were provided, and (3) the legal, social, and political context in which children's services and delivery were embedded. The framework was subsequently examined for external validity through a survey of 86 West Virginia children's services professionals, 55 public school personnel, and 81 national experts in children's services. Survey participants rated the importance of and estimated the current status of 27 statements about the relationship of the family to children's services, societal attitudes toward children's needs, the role of the state, the perspective or focus of delivery systems, and service delivery. The conceptual framework was found to be valid for use in developing an instrument for assessing children's services provision in West Virginia. Instruments developed are attached. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, DC.; West Virginia Governor's Office of Economic and Community Development, Charleston.
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Coll. of Graduate Studies, Institute.
Identifiers: Conceptual Frameworks; West Virginia
Note: Prepared through the Center for the Study of Early Childhood, Middle Childhood and Adolescent Education.