In order to provide appropriate training opportunities and identify topics where training should be developed or improved, it is important to assess workers' current knowledge and identify any gaps in knowledge or skills. The following resources offer strategies for and present examples of efforts to determine the training needs of child welfare workers, including State and local examples.
Building an Evaluation Tool Kit for Professional Development
Buher-Kane, Peter, & Kinnevy
Evaluation Exchange, 11(4), 2006
Describes the creation of an evaluation toolkit designed for those who provide professional development to out-of-school time program staff.
Human Services Staff Development and Training Roles and Competencies: Evaluator/Researcher (PDF - 783 KB)
Bernotavicz, Clark, Detgen, Lahti, Shaler, & Town (2002)
Provides the competencies for evaluators working in training and organizational development settings, along with ideas for the application of the competencies and a checklist for assessing the level of competency of an evaluator/researcher.
Is Your Needs Assessment Meeting Your Needs? (PDF - 236 KB)
Parry & Yip (2005)
Describes methods for evaluating a training program and using the results to inform the development of a training as well as assess training needs of attendees.
A Model for Skills-Based Classroom Training
Berdie, Leake, & Parry
Protecting Children, 19(2), 2004
Describes a framework for addressing child welfare worker competency that includes three elements: knowledge, the application of knowledge, and behaviors or actions.
Colorado Training Needs Assessment (PDF - 468 KB)
Catherine E. Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy (2009)
Reviews survey results conducted to assess the professional development needs of child welfare caseworkers, case aides, and supervisors in Colorado.
Determining Educational Needs: Final Report
Folaron, Hostetter, & Decker (2003)
Presents results from a study of the Indiana Division of Family and Children to determine the educational needs of family case managers and identify gaps in the existing training system.
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