Fostering Accountability: Using Evidence to Guide and Improve Child Welfare Policy

Fostering Accountability: Using Evidence to Guide and Improve Child Welfare Policy

by Mark F. Testa, John Poertner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195321308

ISBN-13: 9780195321302

Pub. Date: 02/04/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Fostering Accountability presents a model of child welfare decision making that holds public officials answerable for the integrity and validity of the actions they take on behalf of the children and families in their care. It operationalizes the concept of results-oriented accountability, which demands that administrators and practitioners show valid evidence of

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Fostering Accountability presents a model of child welfare decision making that holds public officials answerable for the integrity and validity of the actions they take on behalf of the children and families in their care. It operationalizes the concept of results-oriented accountability, which demands that administrators and practitioners show valid evidence of their success in improving child and family outcomes, not merely demonstrate mechanical procedural compliance.

Drawing on the experiences of directors, staff, and evaluators, this timely and practical book describes the emergence of results-oriented accountability in child welfare with a special focus on the editors' role in establishing a university-agency research partnership under a federal consent decree. Chapters elaborate on the five successive stages of the results-oriented accountability framework-outcomes monitoring, data analysis, research review, evaluation, and quality improvement-and provide examples of applications of each stage for agency managers. By refocusing the emphasis on developing policies based on agency data, instead of purely reactive approaches that grasp at solutions and often fall short, Fostering Accountability guides administrators in monitoring outcomes, using evidence to select interventions to enhance results, and applying management strategies to evaluate and improve these efforts.

The result is a pragmatic implementation guide for administrators seeking to bring safety, stability, continuity, permanence, and well-being to the lives of abused and neglected children in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195321302
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/04/2010
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,106,959
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Mark F. Testa

2. Child Welfare in the 21st Century: Outcomes, Value Tensions, and Agency Risks
Mark F. Testa and John Poertner

3. Logic of Results-Oriented Accountability: Populations, Interventions, Comparisons, and Outcomes
Mark F. Testa

4. Monitoring Outcomes in Child Welfare
Tom McDonald and Mark F. Testa

5. Data for Analysis and Planning
Mark F. Testa

6. Research Review of Evidence in Child Welfare
John Poertner

7. Evaluation of Child Welfare Interventions
Mark F. Testa

8. Results-Oriented Management: Using Evidence for Quality Improvement
Terry Moore

9. Flexibility, Innovation, and Experimentation: The Rise and Fall of Child Welfare Waiver Demonstrations
Mark Testa

10. Performance-Based Contracting: Aligning Incentives with Outcomes to Produce Results
Ken Taylor and Michael Shaver

11. Fostering and Sustaining University/Agency Partnerships
Joan Zlotnik

12. Conclusion
Mark F. Testa and John Poertner

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