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Assessing Child Welfare Training Systems
The following resources help administrators assess their child welfare training system to determine if it provides adequate learning opportunities to support staff professional development and improve agency outcomes. Resources include State and local examples.
Building Effective Training Systems for Child Welfare Agencies (PDF - 360 KB)
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (2008)
Provides child welfare agencies and Tribal leadership teams with a training system assessment process and tool and presents strategies for developing a mature training system.
Assessing Your Agency's Training System [Teleconference]
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (2004)
Presents an approach, method, and tool for assessing if and how your training system enhances the agency's mission, goals, and outcomes.
A Comprehensive Model for Child Welfare Training Evaluation
Antle, Barbee, & van Zyl
Children and Youth Services Review, 30(9), 2008
Proposes a model of training evaluation that includes individual and organizational predictors of outcomes; training satisfaction, learning and transfer; and organizational outcomes of safety, permanency, and well-being.
Education and Partnerships in Child Welfare: Mapping the Implementation of a Child Welfare Certificate Program
Cash, Mathiesen, Barbanell, Smith, & Graham
Journal of Social Work Education, 42(1), 2006
Presents an evaluation of a certificate program using concept mapping. Includes recommendations for infusing a child welfare curriculum into social work programs.
Evaluating Child Welfare Training in Public Agencies: Status and Prospects
Evaluation and Program Planning, 21(3), 2008
Collects data from 48 public child welfare agencies in the United States regarding the conduct of training evaluation and the utilization of training data and discusses next steps for training evaluation efforts.
Professional Preparation Systems for Parenting Educators: Identification, Perceived Value, and Demand for a National Credential
Stolz, Henke, Brandon, & Sams
Journal of Extension, 48(6), 2010
Examines professional preparation systems for parenting educators via an online survey of 324 extension specialists and members of the National Parenting Education Network and Certified Family Life Educator listservs.
State and local examples
Evaluation of the California Common Core for Child Welfare Training (PDF - 1690 KB)
California Social Work Education Center (2009)
Evaluates the impact of training at multiple levels and provides data on training effectiveness in California.
PCWCP Outcomes Evaluation
Presents results from an evaluation of Kentucky's Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP), established to train workers to provide quality services in a public child welfare agency, and to improve professionalism and retention.
PCWCP Summary of Major Findings
Borders, Barbee, & Korfhage (2007)
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Summarizes the outcomes of Kentucky's Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP), including the employment and education status, job satisfaction, and retention of 481 program graduates.
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