Ongoing Casey Family Programs evaluation research efforts involving Social Work faculty or doctoral students as consultants or investigators Alumni Research: As part of a joint project with the state of Oregon Department of Human Services: Children Adults and Families, the State of Washington: Department of Child and Family Services, University of Michigan and Harvard University, we have identified and interviewed Casey and state foster care alumni. This project began in 1996, data collection ended in January 2002, and analyses will be completed in 2002 and 2003. (PI: Peter Pecora UW and Casey; Co-PIs: Casey: Chris Downs; DSHS: Diana English; Oregon SCF: Jim White; Harvard University: Ronald Kessler; University of Michigan: Steve Heeringa.) Consumer Satisfaction: In Partnership with Vanderbilt University and the Center for Alcohol and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, Casey conducted a consumer satisfaction survey to document the level of satisfaction with services (youths, Casey parents, birth parents), the level of problematic youth behavior (substance use, smoking sexual activity) and the extent of child maltreatment while at Casey, all in order to better target services. Data collection and analyses have ended and the final report will be completed in 2002. (Casey: Peter Pecora, Niki LeProhn; CASA: Roger Vaughn, Diana Woolis; Vanderbilt: Len Bickman, Anne Doucette.) Foster Family Assessment: Research Services has partnered with researchers at the University of Tennessee, College of Social Work to develop, test, train, and implement two foster family assessment measures. These tools - the Casey Foster Applicant Inventory (CFAI) and the Casey Home Assessment Protocol (CHAP) will assist social workers and agencies to assess foster families and identify foster families with high potential for success prior to placing youths in their homes. The tools will also help to identify the strengths and training needs of foster families. The CFAI is being pilot tested in 2001 and 2002. The CHAP is being pilot tested in 2002. Once the pilot testing is completed, the tools will be provided at no cost to a broad child welfare audience via the Casey Web. (Casey: Niki LeProhn and Peter Pecora; University of Tennessee: John Orme, Cheryl Buehler, Kathryn Rhodes.) Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessment: The ACLSA is a life skills assessment available in four developmentally appropriate levels (ages 8-10, 11-14, 15-18, and 19-25). The ACLSA is web-based, provides instant individual score reports, and is linked to curriculum resources. A short, 20-item form is ideal for research purposes. The ACLSA is available in English, French, and Spanish.
See http://lifeskills.casey.org (Casey: Chris Downs, Kim Nollan). QOLA Benchmarking Project: In partnership with key foster care agencies, Casey has formed the Quality Outcomes Leadership Alliance (QOLA) to benchmark outcomes, services & cost in foster care. The anticipated sample size of this project is 10,000 youths, with alliance membership consisting of up to 50 foster care providers. Key activities include: (1) gathering common service, cost and outcome data for foster care; (2) building cost-effectiveness, cost-avoidance and other economic evaluation models of foster care services provision; and (3) publishing the results to improve national and state human service policy. (Casey: Matthew Mason, Peter Pecora; Girls & Boys Town: Ron Thompson; PATH, Inc.: Shelia Schmaltz; Presley Ridge Schools: Linda Holmstrand). Visit http://www.casey.org.
For the ACLSA instruments and related materials, see http://lifeskills.casey.org.
For CFAI and CHAP pilot study information and related research reports, see http://www.casey.org/.

Casey Family Programs
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[Chris Downs; Niki LeProhn]