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Evaluation Tools

Evaluation 

Part of the planning process includes determining what will be tracking and measured. A logic model and evaluation plan need to be developed. High quality data, including both qualitative and quantiative data, are essential for understanding the magnitude and impact of child welfare policies, programs, and practices on children birth to six years of age and their healthy development. A comprehensive data guide will help agencies determine how and where data can be gathered.  Agencies will want to select short term, medium and long term goals. An example of each include the following:

Short Term: 

90% of children aged 0-6 in foster care will receive the enhanced assessment at designated points.

Medium: 

Increase in timely child and family permanency for children under 6:  Increase in reunification within 12 mos; Increase in adoptions within 24 mos; Increase in guardianships within 24 mos.  Increase in Child Health and Well-Being:  Health; Dental; Education; Mental Health; Healthy and Secure Long-Term Attachments

Long Term: 

Developmental Needs Met:  All children who are placed in the foster care system at anytime during their first five years will have an improvement in their development needs being met.