Evaluation, Research & Implementation

Bridging Research and Practice

Evaluation and research have been integral to CalSWEC since its inception, particularly as they relate to improving California's child welfare social work practice. CalSWEC's ongoing evaluation efforts, aligned with its Mission and Goals, were developed to assess the impact of its training on California's child welfare workforce.

CalSWEC's evaluation, research, and implementation activities fall within two areas:

  1. Ecological Model for Workforce Development, and
  2. Other Child Welfare Services-Related Evaluation activities

Ecological Model for Workforce Development

Previously covered under CalSWEC's Evaluation Framework, research and evaluation of social work workforce development is now subsumed in CalSWEC's recently developed longitudinal Ecological Model for Workforce Development (below).

CalSWEC's Ecological Model for Workforce Development

The model depicts the contributions of education, in-service training, and organizational supports, among such other factors as student and worker characteristics, to guide understanding of the effectiveness of the child welfare social work workforce in providing high-quality service to children and families. 

The ecological model for workforce development includes evaluation of:

In addition to conducting workforce development research and evaluation, CalSWEC is engaged in a number of child welfare services-related evaluation activities, including:

Integrated Behavioral Health and Aging Initiatives 

Additionally, CalSWEC's Integrated Behavioral Health Program (formerly the Mental Health Program, whose name change took effect July 1, 2016) reports on graduation rates, characteristics of students, and curriculum evaluation, which have resulted in several evaluation reports. Similarly, its newest initiative in Aging will generate evaluation reports in the future.

Publications from Evaluation and Research

Publications, reports, and presentations resulting from CalSWEC's evaluation data and activities are posted to the Publications from CalSWEC's Evaluation & Research page.

For more information

Contact: Sandhya Rao HermónDirector, Research and Evaluation