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May 2024Vol. 25, No. 4Technical Assistance Resource Details Measures of Child and Family Well-Being and Outcomes

The Child Welfare Measures Library, a new technical assistance resource, outlines the measures that grant recipients, their evaluators, and other child welfare professionals use to measure changes in child and family outcomes. The tool, developed by James Bell Associates and sponsored by the Children’s Bureau, features 162 measures at three levels (child, family, and system). The measures span across 10 domains:

  • Child development
  • Family functioning
  • Healthy and wellness
  • Mental health and substance abuse
  • Organizational change
  • Parenting
  • Resilience
  • Social support
  • Trauma
  • Well-being

The Child Welfare Measures Library is organized into two sections to help users identify and learn more about the various measures. The first section lists all 162 measures in a table by domain, including a subset of 56 measures that are relevant to the well-being domain, which encompasses many areas. The second section features one-page descriptions of all 162 measures, listed alphabetically.

For each measure, the page includes the subject, domain, topic, description, whether the measure assesses well-being, links to additional information, references, and notes. The pages also include more detailed information about how the measure is administered, by whom, how long it takes, the cost, the age range, languages available, and more.

Explore the Child Welfare Measures Library for more information.