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ERIC Number: ED501031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Improving Public Child Welfare Agency Performance in the Context of the Federal Child and Family Services Reviews
Orlebeke, Britany; Wulczyn, Fred; Mitchell-Herzfeld, Susan
Chapin Hall Center for Children
The Child and Family Service Reviews (CFSR) conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services are a critical step towards improving the nation's child welfare services. However, although the federal emphasis on outcomes has helped to accelerate state interest in performance measurement, both the federal effort to measure performance and states' efforts to understand performance have been hampered by the limitations of the measurement methods used. The purpose of this paper is to show how policymakers in the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) responded to the basic requirements of the CFSR, but implemented a more productive, alternative approach to performance measurement for three of the six outcome domains: time to reunification, time to adoption, and likelihood of reentry. This paper gives an overview of the deficiencies in the federal measures for these three outcomes, describes the alternative measures Chapin Hall formulated in partnership with state policymakers, describes the key reports used to date to implement the project, and discusses the results to date. In several ways, the approach used by New York State goes beyond the federal approach, and corrects several important problems in the federal outcomes. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL. Chapin Hall Center for Children.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A