ERIC Number: ED437421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-6
Reference Count: N/A
The Wilder Foundation Client Characteristics Checklist: Use of a Risk Factors Assessment as an Evaluation Tool.
Hosley, Cheryl A.; Minton, Carmelle
The usefulness of a Client Characteristics Checklist that has been used in many programs sponsored by the Wilder Foundation over 10 years was studied. The checklist is used to document a variety of potential risk factors and descriptive characteristics of individuals and families served by Foundation programs. Client characteristics across the projects that have used the instrument were studied, and the instrument was examined to see if revisions were necessary. Data were collected on 12,467 clients served by 33 programs. Across programs and fiscal years, the average number of client risk characteristics identified was 12. Five of these were identified as particularly likely to increase over time. Only four items did not show significant variation by client gender, and the frequencies of the client characteristics also showed variation according to the ethnicity of the client. The number of client characteristics identified increased with the child's educational level (used as a proxy for age). These findings, a literature review, and staff recommendations were used to develop revised checklist items. Twenty-nine of the original 46 items were retained on the checklist, and 25 new items were added. The checklist is attached. Contains 18 figures. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, MN.