This brief examines critical issues child welfare agencies face when evaluating their programs.
It reviews strategies for addressing these challenges to improve the timeliness, quality, and usefulness of evaluations, including—
- Estimating the size and characteristics of the target population
- Obtaining institutional review board approval and client consent to conduct research
- Identifying appropriate data collection instruments, tests, and protocols
- Training staff in data collection and analysis methods
- Accessing and using child welfare data from state and local information management systems