• Applying an Outcomes Measurement Framework to Measure the Results of Prevention and Intervention Programs

      DePanfilis, Diane; Ting, Laura (2001-04-17)
      PowerPoint presentation at the Governor's 8th Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Baltimore, April 17, 2001. Discusses framework for defining, identifying, assessing, and measuring outcomes of programs.
    • Back to the Future: Measuring the Effects of Community Based Practice

      DePanfilis, Diane; Ernst, Joy Swanson; Glazer-Semmel, Esta M. (1999-12-01)
      PowerPoint presentation at the National Association for Family-Based Services 13th Annual Empowering Families Conference in Baltimore, Dec. 1-4, 1999. Highlights research from Family Connections, a community based program providing early intervention techniques to prevent child neglect in families at risk.
    • Child welfare accountability: Annual report of Maryland performance indicators

      Kaye, Sarah; Ovwigho, Pam; Shaw, Terry V.; DePanfilis, Diane (2007-12)
      Executive Summary: The Child Welfare Accountability Act of 2006 increased legislative oversight of the Maryland Quality Assurance processes in child welfare. The Act also provides a framework for the Department of Human Resources (DHR) to partner with the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMB/SSW) to develop the Maryland Quality Assurance (QA) Collaborative. The purpose of the Collaborative is to evaluate quality ssurance processes and make recommendations for improvement. This annual report summarizes: (1) indicators of Maryland’s performance in promoting positive outcomes for children and families involved with the child welfare system and (2) recommendations on how to improve outcomes measurement in child welfare. A separate companion report entitled "Child Welfare Accountability: Evaluating Quality Assurance Processes in Maryland", describes and evaluates current QA processes. Acknowledgements: Report was prepared by faculty and staff at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work's Ruth H. Young Center for Families & Children and Family Welfare Research and Training Group in partnership with staff at the Department of Human Resources, Social Service Administration
    • 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 Outcomes for At-risk Families Participating in The Family Tree’s Positive Parenting Program: A Retrospective Study - Interim Report

      Woodruff, Kristen (2009-02)
      The first phase of the retrospective evaluation of outcomes for families participating in the Positive Parenting Program utilized existing administrative data collected by The Family Tree (TFT) during the course of business. This study examines five protective factors (parenting knowledge and attitudes) and one risk factor (low self esteem) to determine whether change occurred after the PPP intervention, and to identify any group differences by the child’s placement status. Exploratory analysis was also conducted to identify group differences by referral source. (From Executive Summary)
    • Evaluating Outcomes for At-risk Families Participating in The Family Tree’s Positive Parenting Program: A Retrospective Study - Part II: Long Term Outcomes, Summary and Conclusions

      Woodruff, Kristen (2009-08)
      The Family Tree is Maryland’s largest private non-profit agency dedicated to strengthening families to prevent child abuse and neglect. As part of this effort, The Family Tree provides a group-based parenting skills training program targeting high-risk families, many who had an indicated report of child maltreatment. The evaluation utilized administrative data to 1) describe the characteristics of the high-risk families who participated in the group-based parent skills training program (PPP) in Baltimore City over a six year period (2002 to 2007); 2) evaluate the intermediate outcomes for families completing the program, including parenting knowledge and attitudes and self esteem; and 3) evaluate the longer-term outcomes including child safety, stability, and permanency for families who participated in the program, comparing those who completed the program with those who started but did not complete the program. The Final Report, or Part II of this evaluation presents the Long Term Outcomes, Summary and Conclusions. Results are also described in an Interim Report, and a summary PowerPoint presentation: The Positive Parenting Program - Exploration of the Impact of PPP on Intermediate and Long‐term Outcomes.
    • Findings from the 2007 Local Supervisory Review

      DePanfilis, Diane; Kaye, Sarah (2008-09)
      Discusses the Local Supervisory Review (LSR) process beginning in January 2007. Local department supervisors completed structured reviews of two in-home and two out-of-home cases each month. Data was entered into statistical management software for analysis. The process was implemented to comply with the Maryland Program Improvement Plan (PIP) and to meet Council on Accreditation (COA) standards for supervisory review. Includes tables.
    • Findings from the 2008 Local Supervisory Review

      Closson, Shantel; Kaye, Sarah (2009-07)
      Discusses the Local Supervisory Review (LSR) process beginning in January 2008. Local department supervisors completed structured reviews of two in-home and two out-of-home cases each month. Data was entered into statistical management software for analysis. The process was implemented to comply with the Maryland Program Improvement Plan (PIP) and to meet Council on Accreditation (COA) standards for supervisory review. Includes tables.
    • Local Supervisory Review Instrument State Data Report 2010 Scoring and Interpretation

      Gregory, Gillian, M.S.W.; Esaki, Nina (2010-05)
      Provides aggregate data from the local supervisory review process for the period of Sept. 9, 2009 through March 2, 2010. The standardized instrument is used by supervisors to assess caseworkers' quality of practice in acheiving child welfare outcomes of safety, permanency, and well-bing. Tables and information about scoring and interpretation are also included.
    • Maryland Child Welfare Perfomance Indicators 2nd Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report

      DePanfilis, Diane; Shaw, Terry V.; Kaye, Sarah (2008-12)
      The Child Welfare Accountability Act of 2006 (Maryland Family Law, Section 1301 through 1311 inclusive) specified a set of performance indicators covering four categories of child welfare practice: Child abuse and neglect, Protecting children in out-of-home care from abuse and neglect, Permanency and stability of children in out-of-home care, and Effectiveness of efforts to address the health, mental health, education, and well-being of children in out-of-home care. This report describes and documents the performance indicators mandated in the Act for the period July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. A separate companion report entitled Evaluating Quality Assurance Processes in Maryland describes and evaluates Quality Assurance processes in calendar year 2008.
    • Maryland Child Welfare Performance Indicators. 2nd Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report

      Shaw, Terry V.; Kaye, Sarah; DePanfilis, Diane (2008-12)
      Executive Summary: The Child Welfare Accountability Act of 2006 (Maryland Family Law, Section 1301 through 1311 inclusive) specified a set of performance indicators covering four categories of child welfare practice: 1. Child abuse and neglect, 2. Protecting children in out-of-home care from abuse and neglect, 3. Permanency and stability of children in out-of-home care, and 4. Effectiveness of efforts to address the health, mental health, education, and well-bing of children in out-of-home care. This report describes and documents the performance indicators mandated in the Act for the period July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. A separate companion report entitled "Evaluating Quality Assurance Processes in Maryland" describes and evaluates Quality Assurance processes in calendar year 2008. Acknowledgements: This report was prepared 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 Services Administration (DHR/SSA). Diane DePanfilis, Sarah Kaye, and Terry V. Shaw co-manage the interagency agreement that supports the development of this report. Terry Shaw developed the performance indicators found in this report with the assistance of David Ayer from DHR/SSA. Cathy Mols, Richard Larson, Carnitra White, and David Ayer at DHR/SSA guided the activities of the outcomes measurement and performance indicators process.
    • Maryland Child Welfare Performance Indicators. 3rd Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report

      Shaw, Terry V.; Ahn, Haksoon; DePanfilis, Diane (2009-12)
      Executive Summary: The Child Welfare Acountability Act of 2006 (Maryland Family Law, Section 1301-1311 inclusive) specified a set of performance indicators covering four categories of child welfare practice: 1. Child abuse and neglect, 2. Protecting children in out-of-home care from abuse and neglect, 3. Permanency and stability of children in out-of-home care, and 4. Effectiveness of efforts to address the health, mental health, education, and well-being of children in out-of-home care. This report describes and documents the performance indicators mandated in the Act for the period July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009. A separate companion report entitled "Evaluating Quality Assurance Processes in Maryland" describes and evaluates Quality Assurance processes in calendar year 2009. Acknowledgements: This report was prepared by faculty and staff of 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 Services Administration (DHR/SSA). Diane DePanfilis, Terry V. Shaw, Haksoon Ahn, and Nina Esaki co-manage the interagency agreement that supports the development of this report. Terry V. Shaw and Haksoon Ahn developed the performance indicators found in this report with the assistance of David Ayer from DHR/SSA. Carnitra White, Richard Larson, David Ayer and Linda Carter at DHR/SSA guided the activities of the outcomes measurement and performance indicators process.
    • Maryland Child Welfare Performance Indicators. 4th Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report

      Shaw, Terry V.; Ahn, Haksoon (2010-12)
      Executive Summary: The Child Welfare Accountability Act of 2006 (Maryland Family Law, Section 1301-1311 inclusive) specified the development and implementation of a process to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of child welfare services in Maryland that addresses the safety, permanency and well-being of children in the care and custody of the state. A set of performance indicators were established that encompassed and expanded upon extant federal measures in four areas of child welfare practice: 1. Child abuse and neglect, 2. Protecting children in out-of-home care from abuse and neglect, 3. Permanency and stability of children in out-of-home care, and 4. Effectiveness of efforts to address the health, mental health, education, and well-being of children in out-of-home care. This report, the fourth report completed, describes and documents the performance indicators mandated in the Act for the period July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 and compares the states progress in relation to outcomes from prior years. A separate companion report entitled "Quality Assurance Processes in Maryland Child Welfare" describes and evaluates Quality Assurance processes in calendar year 2010. Acknowledgements: This rport was prepared 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 Services Administration (DHR/SSA). Diane DePanfilis, Terry V. Shaw and Haksoon Ahn co-manage the interagency agreement that supports the development of this report. Terry V. Shaw developed the performance indicators found in this report with the assistance of David Ayer from DHR/SSA. Carnitra White, Richard Larson, David Ayer and Linda Carter at DHR/SSA guided the activities of the outcomes measurment and performance indicators process.
    • Maryland Child Welfare Performance Indicators. 5th Annual Child Welfare Accountability Report

      Shaw, Terry V.; Ahn, Haksoon (2011-12)
      Executive Summary: The Child Welfare Accountability Act of 2006 (Maryland Family Law, Section 1301 through 1311 inclusive) specified the development and implementation of a process to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of child welfare services in Maryland that addresses the safety, permanency and well-being of children in the care and custody of the state. A set of performance indicators were established that encompassed and expanded upon existing federal measures in four areas of child welfare practice: 1. Child abuse and neglect, 2. Protecting children in out-of-home care from abuse and neglect, 3. Permanency and stability of children in out-of-home care, and 4. The effectiveness of efforts to address the health, mental health, education, and well-being of children in out-of-home care. This report, the fifth Child Welfare Accountability, Performance Indicators report, describes and documents the performance indicators mandated in the Child Welfare Accountability Act for the period July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. Comparisons are included in relation to outcomes from prior years. A separate companion report entitled "Quality Assurance Processes in Maryland Child Welfare" describes and evaluates Quality Assurance processes in calendar year 2011. Acknowledgements: Report prepared by the 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 Services Administration (DHR/SSA). Terry V. Shaw and Haksoon Ahn co-manage the interagency agreement that supports the development of this report. Terry V. Shaw developed the performance indicators found in this report with the assistance of David Ayer and Laurie Dodd from DHR/SSA. Carnitra White, David Ayer and Linda Carter at DHR/SSA guided the activities of the outcomes measurement and performance indicators process