• August 2003
  • Vol. 4, No. 6

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Managing for Results in Child Welfare

The Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) asks child welfare managers to achieve more specific results in shorter periods of time, while continuing to ensure child safety. A training developed by the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare is designed to help managers meet this challenge and realize better outcomes for children and families.

Results-Oriented Management in Child Welfare is an online training course and learning community for public child welfare managers and front-line supervisors. The training is self-paced and open-ended; participants can complete as many or as few of the modules as they choose. A total of 25 interactive modules are being developed in three sections:

  • Section 1: Policy Context for Child Welfare Practice. This section covers the main points of ASFA and other relevant legislation from the perspective of managing field operations.
  • Section 2: Overview of Managing for Results. This section covers performance measurement in child welfare, outcomes measurement, and factors that affect data usage.
  • Section 3: Evidence-Based Practice for Achieving Outcomes. This section presents practices documented in the child welfare literature as well as other practices that show potential for improving outcomes.

Free registration is required to access the training modules. Participants who finish all 25 will earn a certificate of completion.

The training was developed in collaboration with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Division of Children and Family Services, as a result of a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families. It can be accessed on the University of Kansas website at www.rom.ku.edu.

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