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November 2012Vol. 13, No. 10Common Core Training Evaluation

In 2002, California Social Work Education Center (CALSWEC) and the California Regional Training Academies (CRTA) /Inter-University Consortium (UIC) developed a statewide evaluation of common core training. The evaluation is one component of a multilevel evaluation of child welfare training in the State in order to assess training effectiveness and develop improved training methods. The strategic plan for evaluating and improving training is in direct response to the California Department of Social Services Program Improvement Plan, a requirement of the Federal Child and Family Services Reviews. The strategic plan identified a specific need to evaluate the skill area of child maltreatment identification.

The  Statewide Report for Trainers and County Administrators explores the results for pre- and postknowledge testing in the areas of Case Planning, Placement and Permanency, and Child and Youth Development modules, and the skill assessment in Child Maltreatment Identification. The report provides demographic, educational, and experience profiles on 344 trainees between July–December 2011. Evaluation results show that more than 90 percent of trainees meet decision-making criteria for child maltreatment identification and approximately 97 percent of trainees meet these criteria for identification of child sexual abuse.

The complete Statewide Report for Trainers and County Administrators: Semi-Annual Report, May 2012 is available on the CALSWEC website: (408 KB)