Report Provides Analysis of “Improving Performance with Evidence” Survey

Results from a 2016 survey to uncover innovative methods to enhance service delivery and child and family outcomes in six states is now available in the report, Principal Results from “Improving Performance with Evidence” Phase 1 Survey.

Last year the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities partnered with the University of California Los Angeles, Portland State University, the University of Louisville, and PART (Practice & Research Together) on the “Improving Performance with Evidence” survey. The researchers surveyed Alliance member organizations and others in California, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to identify organizational supports used by private child- and family-serving agencies to facilitate evidence use, and examine contextual, organizational, and managerial factors affecting agency use of such supports.

The project is funded by the William T. Grant Foundation.

Review the brief with report highlights and the full report, Principal Results from "Improving Performance with Evidence" Phase 1 Survey.

There are challenges to evidence use, so this research examines the formal supports—i.e., staff positions, infrastructural supports, special initiatives—organizations may put in place to help overcome these challenges. It examines the extent to which private agencies are using such supports or their motivations for doing.

Researchers are offering a free webinar to analyze and discuss details from the report. The webinar will cover how private child- and family-serving organizations use client data, research findings, and other information to improve services for children and families. It will also cover the external pressures influencing organizational functioning and strategies they have adopted to address these pressures.

There are three options to participate in the webinar:

March 27, 1 pm CT: Register online

April 11, 11 am CT: Register online

April 18, 1 pm CT: Register online

The webinar will last 80 minutes, which will consist of 45 minutes of presentation and 35 minutes of Q & A. Participants are eligible to receive free Social Work CEUs (1.5 hours) from Portland State University.

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