• Combining Social Work Education and Intervention Research: Lessons Learned from a Multi-Methods Course

      DePanfilis, Diane; Girvin, Heather; Hayward, R. Anna; Mizra, Fatima (2006-02)
    • Evaluating the Implementation of Family Centered Practice in Maryland: July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010

      DePanfilis, Diane; Hayward, R. Anna; Melz, Heidi (2010-06)
      Maryland’s Family Centered Practice (FCP) model of child welfare is based on a set of core values and practice strategies that focus on increasing positive outcomes for children served by public child welfare to ensure their safety, well-being, and permanence. As per agreement between DHR-SSA and the UMB-SSW, researchers at the Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children are evaluating the implementation of FCP across Maryland.
    • Quality Assurance Processes in Maryland Child Welfare. 3rd Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report

      DePanfilis, Diane; Esaki, Nina; Gregory, Gillian, M.S.W.; Hayward, R. Anna; Shaw, Terry V. (2009-12)
      Executive Summary: The goal of the projects encompassed in the Child Welfare Accountability Act is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of child welfare services in Maryland. The Maryland Quality Assurance (QA) unit does this through the evaluation of quality assurance processes and system implementation processes in Maryland child welfare. Although Maryland has mechanisms in place to successfully achieve objectives of a comprehensive Quality Assurance system, it has yet to realize its full potential for identifying strengths and needs and providing a framework for meaningful program and systems improvement. Acknowledgements: This report was compiled by faculty and staff at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work's Ruth H. Young Center for Families & Children (RYC) in partnership with staff at the Department of Human Resources, Social Service Administration (DHR/SSA). Diane DePanfilis, Sarah Kaye, and Terry V. Shaw managed the interagency agreement for the Quality Assurance process. Gillian Gregory led the Local Supervisory Review process and Foster Parent Survey. Anna Hayward oversaw the Family Centered Practice evaluation component. Nina Esaki assisted with the preparation of this report. Carnitra White, Richard Larson, David Ayer and Linda Carter at DHR/SSA guided the activities related to the Quality Assurance process. The Quality Assurance unit at DHR/SSA includes Linda Carter, Shirley Brown, Josephine Lambert, Dee Ritterpusch, and Jewel Wilson. A separate companion report, "Maryland Child Welfare Performance Indicators: 3rd Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report," describes Maryland's performance on the outcome and performance measures outlined by the Child Welfare Accountability Act.
    • Symposium Policy Research to Guide Child Welfare Organizational Decision-Making

      DePanfilis, Diane; Esaki, Nina; Greeno, Elizabeth J.; Ahn, Haksoon; Hayward, R. Anna (2011-01)