Research and Evaluation Projects

Family Centered Practice

FCP MODEL:  In July 2012, the FCP II Initiative was implemented on the basis of the FCP I model but additionally investigated the following questions regarding FCP practices:

  • How are children faring who were diverted from Out-of-Home Placements?
  • How has casework practice changed as a result of FCP?
  • How has practice with community partners changed as a result of FCP? 

FCP EVALUATION:  FCP II uses qualitative and quantitative methods to focus on the effectiveness of the FCP model by examining outcomes statewide.  A logic model was modified from the original FCP I model and includes the following components: 

  • Inputs
  • Activities (a. Research and b. Participation)
  • Outcomes (a. Short term, b. Intermediate, and c. Long term).

FCP DATA: FCP II data was collected through FCP I Evaluation activities in addition to the following other RYC projects:

  • Making Place Matters Project;
  • Youth Matters model project through the Atlanta Coast Child Welfare Implementation Center (ACCWIC)
  • Quality Assurance (QA) Process

The Sources from these projects includes:

  • Worker and supervisor surveys
  • Family Involvement Meetings (FIMs) feedback surveys,
  • FIMs data collected from the Local Department of Social Services (LDSSs) and MD CHESSIE; Family Involvement Meetings (FIMs) facilitator trainings feedback
  • Youth surveys data
  • Focus group and interview information collected from FIMs facilitators
  • On-site reviews conducted by Department of Human Resources/Social Services Administration (DHR/SSA) during their QA process.


Ahn, H., Reiman, S., O'Connor, J., Michalopolos, L., Shaikh, N., & Shaw, T.V. (June 2011). Evaluating the Implementation of Family Centered Practice in Maryland. Annual Report from July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011 for Family Centered Practice. Baltimore, MD: Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.