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Improving Outcomes for Children and Families : Finding and Using International Evidence - Anthony N. Maluccio

Improving Outcomes for Children and Families

Finding and Using International Evidence

By: Anthony N. Maluccio (Editor), Cinzia Canali (Editor), Tiziano Vecchiato (Editor), Anita Lightburn (Editor), Jane Aldgate (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 15th October 2010
ISBN: 9781849058193
Number Of Pages: 240

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Significant amounts of money and resources are spent on child and family services, so successful evaluation of whether or not they are achieving the best outcomes is therefore essential. This edited collection offers an international perspective on the challenges of designing and undertaking outcome-based evaluation of child and family services. With contributions from leading international experts, it introduces the key ideas and issues currently being debated in the evaluation of these services; discusses relevant approaches to designing and using evaluation methods; and provides examples of evaluation from the real world of policy and practice. Issues covered include setting appropriate indicators for service effectiveness, cross-cultural evaluation of service interventions, service user involvement in evaluation, and evaluations of family and community-based services. This invaluable book will be essential reading for policy makers, planners, commissioners and managers across child and family welfare services, as well as researchers and other academics in the field. This authoritative series draws from original research and current policy debates to help social work managers, policy makers and researchers to understand and improve the outcomes of services for children and young people in need. Taking an evidence-based approach, these books include children's experiences and analysis of costs and effectiveness in their assessment of interventions, and provide guidance on how to develop more effective policy, practice, and training.

In conclusion, the articles in the book are a collection of research and journal articles from international academics. The targeted audience of this book would be the practitioner who is keen to embark on research or the worker who wishes to read more about international evidence from other countries... there are some interesting policy perspectives from other countries which practitioners might consider advocating in the New Zealand context with the hope that such policies might improve the wellbeing of children and their families. -- Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work

Forewordp. 9
Evaluating Outcomes for Children and Families: Improving the Evidence Basep. 13
Improving the Evidence Basep. 15
Demystifying Evidence in Child Welfarep. 30
Unlocking the Mysteries of Program Evaluation: Lessons from a Comprehensive Evaluation of an Innovative Program to Reunify Familiesp. 41
Methods for Finding and Using Evidencep. 55
Evaluating Complexity in Community-Based Programsp. 57
Approaches to Evaluation in Services for Families and Childrenp. 70
Understanding the Nature, Structure and Context of Services in Family Support Centersp. 85
In Their Own Words: Alumni of Foster Care Talk about Preparation for Independent Livingp. 98
The Challenge of Using Administrative Data in Cross-National Evaluations of Services for Children in Out-of-Home Carep. 111
Evaluating Outcomes in the Real World: International Evidence from Community-Based Practicep. 123
Taking Standardised Programmes to Different Cultural Contexts: An Example from Scotlandp. 125
Child Physical Abuse and Neglect: Risk Assessment and Evaluation of Early Prevention Programmesp. 139
Identifying Outcomes at the Sunshine Family Centre in Outer Londonp. 153
The Important Place of Professional Relationship: A Case Study of an Israeli Familyp. 166
Evaluation of Sensitised Practice in a Community Centre in Aotearoa, New Zealandp. 178
Assessing Practice in a Child and Family Centre in Australiap. 192
Afterword: Cross-National Perspectives and Ideasp. 204
Referencesp. 213
Contributorsp. 229
Subject Indexp. 234
Author Indexp. 237
List of Tables
Level of evidence and strength of recommendations: examplesp. 74
List of measurement toolsp. 82
Researching the nature of family support centersp. 90
Researching the structure of family support centersp. 93
Researching the context of family support centersp. 96
Rates entering care and rates in care in four countries, 2004-05p. 119
Selection criteria for studies on outcomes of prevention programmesp. 146
List of Figures
Value and number of variablesp. 77
Grid for the pre-assessment of parents' and children's difficultiesp. 79
Pre-assessment by workers in one regionp. 80
Average comparison among two groups of childrenp. 82
Level of evidence, strength of recommendations and number of variablesp. 84
Nested constructs of nature, structure, and context of family support centersp. 88
The reported effect sizesp. 147
Number of effect sizes, the mean effect size and the standard error of estimation for the whole data set, the two subgroups, and the 11 categories of criteriap. 148
Steps along the way: containment for area team social workers working with the centrep. 163
The culture of carep. 164
Treatment plan for the C. familyp. 170
The case study whanaup. 181
Items to include in reports of researchp. 210
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ISBN: 9781849058193
ISBN-10: 1849058199
Series: Child Welfare Outcomes
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 15th October 2010
Publisher: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 15.4  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.48