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Video - A Framework for Effective Child Welfare Practice Series Part 1 of 5 Good child welfare practice changes lives, and the choices we make about how to evaluate our practices and how to apply evaluation findings affects outcomes for children and families. An agency administrator and an evaluator discuss reasons why building evidence and performing evidence-based practice in child welfare can be so difficult. Using colorful and dynamic animation, they introduce a practical framework developed by national child welfare experts. (Part 1 of 5)

Alberta Family Wellness Initiative Alberta Family Wellness Initiative

Video - Using the ACE Questionnaire in Practice Rahil Briggs Dr. Rahil Briggs (Healthy Steps at Montefiore) sees nurturing childhood experiences that build brains for life-long mental health as the foundation of a successful society. Dr. Briggs found the easiest and least expensive way to determine what children needed family intervention services was to ask their parents the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) questions. Parents with the highest ACE scores received the most intensive interventions. Related ACE Documents

ALIGN Resources ALIGN Resources

The Alberta ALIGN Association of Community Services actively supports members in their evaluation and outcomes initiatives - take a look through our resources!

ALIGN/Ministry OBSD Newsletter
ALIGN Journals
ALIGN Presentation and Training Resources
ALIGN Collaborative Documents and Initiatives
ALIGN Reports - Includes Annual Member Surveys - Stats and Data

Boise State University Boise State University

Program Evaluation in a Residential Youth Care Facility: The Case of Project PATCH Theodore W. McDonald, Boise State University
Well-designed program evaluations can be useful tools for organizations and agencies in both the business and social service sectors; they help organizations make important assessments about the strengths and weaknesses of their programs, areas in which their programs are meeting their goals

Cadence Solutions extendedReach Cadence Solutions extendedReach

An easy-to-use, affordable foster care case management system that your workers, support staff, and leadership will love!

California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare

Implementation Examples There is currently a lot of focus on implementation of evidence-based practices in child welfare as well as in related systems. This section of the website was created to help CEBC users learn from the experience of others who have implemented specific evidence-based practices. It provides links to resources both on the CEBC website as well as those external to the website that focus on real world implementation of evidence-based practices.

Selecting and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices: This guide provides information and examples of implementation relevant to those working with children and families in the child welfare and other social services systems

Worksheet to help prepare an Implementation Timeline for your prevention program

Measurement Tools for Child Welfare Measurement tools for child welfare consist of both screening tools and assessment tools. The CEBC provides information on screening and assessment tools that may be commonly used by staff in the child welfare system in order to help child welfare agencies evaluate the research supporting each tool.


Casey Family Programs Signs of Safety Casey Family Programs Signs of Safety

Signs of Safety IT System April 24, 2017 was a breakthrough day for the Signs of Safety approach.
On that day in Islington London, together with Servelec HSC, the first fully specified Signs of Safety information management system was launched.

The system’s forms embed all the of the Signs of Safety practice elements, from intake through to closure, and include all the assessment and planning methods. Comprehensive Signs of Safety practice guidance is also embedded throughout the system. Since the Servelec system is built in the English context, the system is also fully compliant with English legislative and statutory returns requirements…

With the launch of the Signs of Safety IT system, Signs of Safety consultants can now offer any child protection organization the forms, experience and IT partners that are needed to implement a Signs of Safety IT system for their agency. This will enable the agency to create the recording environment where workers are supported to practice using the Signs of Safety approach, and deliver an IT system that workers will want to use because it will help them carry out their direct work with families…

The Power of Partnership Video & Workbook: How to Use Signs of Safety in Child Protection

Signs of Safety Supervisor Practice Fidelity Assessment Casey Family Programs have just released the first report that describes the development of a supervisor assessment fidelity measurement tool

See More Signs of Safety News and Resources



The 15 modules of the course are designed for completion within a maximum time frame of ONE calendar year from your initial registration.  Should it be necessary to extend your study time in the course beyond 12 months, the Centre for Investigative Interviewing is obliged to charge an additional tuition fee of approximately $200 (yearly licensing fee).

  1. Establishing what constitutes ‘best practice’ guidelines
  2. Defining the various questions
  3. Understanding memory and language development
  4. Choosing the most effective open-ended questions
  5. Putting the right questions into practice
  6. Introducing the topic of concern and eliciting a disclosure
  7. Introducing the interview protocol
  8. Assessing your progress
  9. Repeated events
  10. Evidentiary requirements
  11. The “whole” story approach to investigating and interviewing
  12. Cross-cultural issues
  13. Interviewing witnesses with complex communication support needs
  14. Note taking
  15. Putting it all together

Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

The Youth Connections Scale (YCS) was developed in order to fill a need in child welfare: To evaluate and measure the increased efforts of agencies to improve the relational permanence of youth in foster care.

 The Well-being Indicator Tool for Youth (WIT-Y) was designed for youth aged 15-21 years who currently are in or in the past have had contact with the child welfare system

Child Welfare Information Gateway Child Welfare Information Gateway

Tools for Evaluating Youth Programs
Listed resources explore ways to evaluate youth programs and help program administrators find appropriate assessment and evaluation tools to measure youth outcomes.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Logic Model Builder
Takes users through the process of developing a logic model that can help them evaluate their programs' effectiveness in improving outcomes for children and families. Instructions include program evaluation tools specific to family support and to prevention and postadoption services

Evaluation Resources
Introduction to program evaluation
Designing and conducting evaluation
Using logic models
Using evaluation data
Funding evaluation efforts
Evaluating child welfare programs.

CIK Community Tech Knowledge CIK Community Tech Knowledge

(American) HHS Software for Mid-to-Large Sized Service Providers, Volunteer and Outcomes Management & Powerful Human Services Case Management Software. Powerful, centralized non-profit software is designed to securely collect and report information on clients, services and programs as well as staff, volunteers and collaborations. For mid-to-large organizations seeking best-practice HHS software and human services case management software, as well as volunteer and human services outcomes management. Easily and securely prove your efforts to outcomes through impact measurement for multiple funders

ClientTrack ClientTrack

Case management software for health, human and social services organizations including non-profits and government agencies


Trauma System Readiness Tool a self-report measure that was designed for child welfare systems to use as they assess the trauma-informed nature of their own system

Domestic Abuse Intervention Program Domestic Abuse Intervention Program

DAIN: A CCR Data Tracking Database Domestic Abuse Intervention Network (DAIN)
Microsoft Access-based database program that assembles the information necessary to track and monitor domestic assault related cases in a coordinated community response to domestic violence

ERIC Education Information Resource Centre ERIC Education Information Resource Centre

From Theory to Practice in the Design and Evaluation of Youth Development Programs: A Case Study The growing interest in youth development, prevention, and assessment has challenged professional practices relative to the design, implementation, and evaluation of youth development programs. This article sheds light on the need for continuous training and staff development in the areas of program development and documentation, using the observations and deductions from a field occurrence experienced by the author with a group of youth development practitioners. It also discusses a strategy designed to help practitioners to understand the research process and translate it into action. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)

Excellence For Children and Youth Excellence For Children and Youth

Method Mini-Tool Kit
Focus Group Interviews: An Overview
Qualitative interviewing
Using Questionnaires
Case studies

FAF Software FAF Software

Children’s Bureau is excited to announce that FAF Web tool is available in Canada and currently being used by the following agencies to facilitate the implementation of OBSD .
Hull Child and Family Services
McMan Youth Family and Community Services
Unlimited Potential Community Services
Grande Prairie Public School District

Help strengthen families today. Get free tools in the 2018 Prevention Resource Guide. Chapter 1 describes approaches based on protective factors that reduce risk of child maltreatment & promote kids' healthy development. 

FAF Web integrates the research-validated Family Assessment Form © tool with improved case management functions.  With FAF Web, case workers can track information from intake through contacts, service planning, and case closure.  Its service planning feature is an efficient tool for incorporating strengths and concerns into goals developed by case workers and families.  FAF Web meets all needs by tracking and reporting on data related to family functioning, service plans, contact notes, closing summaries, caseload reports, demographic reports, and a host of other evaluation functions.  The newest version of the FAF Web, has all the features of the original FAF Pro software integrated into a platform that users can connect with any time, from anywhere.   The Family Assessment Form (FAF) is the ideal tool for assessment and case management in the family services field is a practitioner developed, user-friendly tool designed to help child welfare and family support workers assess family functioning, develop meaningful service plans, monitor progress, and to assist agencies in measuring program outcomes. The FAF tool tracks, among others, clear indicators of child safety, child well-being, permanence, and family and community support and is the ideal tool for assessment and case management in the family services field. It is a state-of-the-art case management platform designed to support best-practice service planning, program improvement, evaluation, and reporting specifically for family strengthening and home visitation programs.. The newest version of the Family Assessment Form Software, FAF Web, has all the features of the original FAF Pro software integrated into a platform that users can connect with any time, from anywhere. To upgrade to FAF Web or to set up a webinar and discuss purchasing options, please contact: Kaya Okuniewski, FAF Program Manager, at

Forum for Youth Investment Forum for Youth Investment

Measuring Youth Program Quality: A Guide To Assessment Tools Second Addition

Harvard Family Research Project Harvard Family Research Project

What Matters in Family Support Evaluation?
Although family support has grown over the last three decades, it is fragile. Programs tend to be underfunded and to lack capacity to deliver quality services.

Book Evaluating Family Programs: Current Issues in Theory and Policy edited by Heather Bastow Weiss, Francine Helene Jacobs

Johnston Research Johnston Research

The Waawiyeyaa Evaluation Tool – Online Workshop
Enables evaluators to capture a qualitative storyboard utilizing a cultural-based learning video (available for download). The training supports you in experiencing the tool first-hand, learning how to analyze and report on the data and transform the storyboard into a quantitative database file which can track program impacts over time. JRI has utilized this tool to evaluate healing, justice, health, addiction, employment, mental health, education, and cultural teaching programs. The tool’s development conversations were held with Indigenous evaluators, traditional healers, and Indigenous programs; in addition to comparisons to models of Indigenous healing journeys.

In-house Indigenous Evaluation Tool enables evaluators to capture a qualitative storyboard utilizing a cultural-based learning video (available for download). Training supports you in experiencing the tool first-hand, learning how to analyze and report on the data and transform the storyboard into a quantitative database file which can track program impacts over time

Science Direct Science Direct

Program Inclusion Reaching everyone: Promoting the inclusion of youth with disabilities in evaluating foster care outcomes Children and Youth Services Review Volume 35, Issue 11, November 2013, Pages 1801–1808 Science Direct Efforts to evaluate foster care outcomes must avoid systematic exclusion of particular groups. Although often unrecognized as such, youth with disabilities are highly overrepresented in the U.S. foster care system, and yet youth with some disabilities, including those with intellectual, serious emotional, and physical impairments may be underrepresented in research and evaluation studies evaluating foster care outcomes

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Social Care Institute for Excellence Social Care Institute for Excellence

Use of data to assess performance and promote outcome achievement by public and private child welfare agency staff
The aim of this study was to examine perceptions of frontline child welfare staff regarding evidence-informed practice, exploring an array of types of evidence available within the agency environment, and the extent to which they are engaging in such practices in their day-to-day work.

Toolfind Toolfind

Toolfind from United Way! Toolfind is a free directory designed to help professionals in youth-serving programs find measurement tools for up to 14 youth outcome areas.

University of Connecticut  School of Family Studies Center for Applied Research University of Connecticut School of Family Studies Center for Applied Research

Assessing Outcomes in Child and Youth Programs: A Practical Handbook Revised Edition Whether you are making an evaluation plan, conducting a simple evaluation, or requiring the programs you fund to use a common set of youth outcomes and indicators, this handbook should be a resource for you