National Caseload/Workload Studies and Reports
These studies describe methods for determining workload and caseload, factors that need to be considered in addressing workload issues, and the role of caseload and workload in child welfare practice, including relationship to child and family outcomes. Also included are State and local efforts to assess the workload and caseload of child welfare staff and to develop and implement measures to ensure that workers have manageable caseloads.
Beyond Caseload: What Workload Studies Can Tell Us About Enduring Issues in the Workplace (PDF - 441 KB)
Tooman & Fluke
Protecting Children, 17(3), 2002
Examines workload studies conducted in California and Arizona to provide insight into workplace issues that affect the amount of time social workers spend on case-related activities.
Caseload Size in Best Practice Literature Review (PDF-178 KB)
Children and Family Research Center (2002)
Examines the existing research related to caseload size and outcomes for children in the child welfare system.
Child Welfare Workload Standards: Reality and Myths
American Humane Association
Protecting Children, 17, 2002
Summarizes the findings from workload studies in California and Arizona and compares them to the workload standards published by the Child Welfare League of America.
Final Report of the Investigation Caseload Standard Workgroup
National Resource Center on Child Maltreatment (2004)
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Discusses the outcome of a workgroup tasked with establishing an investigation caseload standard for Child Protective Services. This report provides the final investigative caseload standard as determined by the workgroup, the data used to arrive at the standard, as well as a summary of the methods used to gather the data.
Staffing of State Offices of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children
American Public Human Services Association (2002)
Includes responses from 38 States to a survey conducted by the American Public Human Services Association in 2001 about the staffing and procedures of Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children offices.
The Study of Workload in Child Protective Services
Edwards & Reynolds (Eds.)
Protecting Children, 23(3), 2008
Presents articles from a special issue that explores the measurement of child welfare workload and shares findings from workload studies.