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:
- 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.