ERIC Number: ED255830
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Design and Pilot Testing of a Parent Education Monitoring System.
The trend in public child welfare toward increased purchase of services from local agencies is presented in this report as a rationale for developing monitoring systems which link service to client outcomes and to agency mandates. The monitoring system designed for the Parent Training Initiative, a parent education program, is described as one system which assesses critical service areas, links parts of the decision making system, identifies points of interventions, provides for decision rules to improve effectiveness, and focuses on client outcomes related to agency mandates. Use of the parent monitoring system to assess contractor performance, parenting knowledge, parent satisfaction, parenting skills acquired through the program, and status change is explained; monitoring and assessment instruments developed specifically to assess these areas are described. The use of a movement table to track the progress of cases is explained and the roles of the caseworker, parent, and educator are outlined. The monitoring report, which converts raw data from the evaluation into usable information, is described. Results of pilot testings of the monitoring system are given along with suggestions for future developments in the areas of implementation, information system support, and curriculum refinement. Examples of completed evaluation and referral forms are included. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Dept. of Children and Family Services, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Sangamon State Univ., Springfield, IL. Center for Policy Studies and Program Evaluation.