ERIC Number: EJ833401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
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Research Challenges: Implementing Standardized Outcome Measures in a Decentralized, Community-Based Residential Treatment Program
Butler, Linda S.; Little, Liza; Grimard, Andre R.
Child & Youth Care Forum, v38 n2 p75-90 Apr 2009
With residential treatment services under pressure to produce outcome data, the process of executing research in such settings presents considerable challenges. This paper describes how a large, decentralized, community-based residential treatment program in southern and central Maine designed and implemented a research outcome process study using standardized measures on a variety of dimensions. The study's rationale, process, challenges and findings are presented. Results indicated that the challenges to this work were minimized due to careful planning and collaboration by and with administration and treatment staff. Unique to this work was the process where a formal research approach was used in the context of a private, geographically diverse organization.
Descriptors: Residential Programs, Outcomes of Treatment, Research Design, Measures (Individuals), Planning, Cooperation
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Identifiers - Location: Maine