• April 2004
  • Vol. 5, No. 3

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Using Outcome Measures

The Federal Child and Family Service Reviews have generated increasing interest in outcome accountability in child welfare. American Humane recently published a special edition of their journal, Protecting Children, to address this issue. Using Outcome Measures to Improve Child Safety, Permanency, and Well-Being carries six articles that grew out of the 10th Annual Roundtable on Outcome Measures in Child Welfare Services, convened by American Humane in October 2002. The articles include:

  • "Using Outcome Data to Improve Adoption Practice" (S. Cohick, M. Kovacevic, & J. Biesecker)
  • "State Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act to Improve Outcomes for American Indian Families and Children" (G.E. Limb, T. Chance, & E.F. Brown)
  • "The Juvenile Protective Association's Family Functioning Scale: Development and Use of a Family Outcome Measure in the Treatment of a High-Risk Service Population" (M. Nickels)
  • "Administrative and Standardized Assessment Data to Measure Safety, Permanency, and Well-Being: Experience in Philadelphia" (P. Randall, P. Kutzler, & R. Halnon)
  • "Continuous Quality Improvement: Integrating Client Outcome Data into Ongoing Service Design and Delivery Using SACWIS and Other Data" (D. Tindall & K. Metz)
  • "Behavioral Health Screening in a Child Welfare System" (J. Alexander & E. Kniznik)

This journal can be ordered on the American Humane website, at http://www.americanhumane.org/children/professional-resources/protecting-children-journal/.

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