Power Point slides and materials for Demonstration 480 on Friday, October 18, 2013, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in Morgan.
Abstract: Evaluators are often asked to assess, or to assist practitioners in assessing, the performance of social service systems using outcomes and indicators. Sophisticated statistical analyses are frequently not feasible, however, and other issues present methodological challenges. Still, something more than describing trend lines is necessary. This demonstration discusses the development and exhibits the use of a summary score analysis approach that incorporated a number of metrics to assess trends in child welfare performance indicators. The attendees will be taken through the process used in an evaluation that employed an interrupted time-series design and publicly available department-level data to assess the impact of a change in fiscal policy on the performance of public departments. While included in the category of descriptive statistics, the approach uses multiple measures to increase the rigor of the analysis. The summary score approach is straightforward, adaptable to particular circumstances, and useful to a variety of professionals.#SocialWork #HumanServicesEvaluation #2013Institute