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Fostering Accountability: Using Evidence to Guide and Improve Child Welfare Policy

Mark F. Testa and John Poertner


Fostering Accountability presents a model of child welfare decision-making that holds public officials answerable for the integrity and validity of the actions they take on behalf of the children and families in their care. It operationalizes the concept of results-oriented accountability, which demands that administrators and practitioners show valid evidence of their success in improving child and family outcomes, not do not merely demonstrate mechanical procedural compliance. Drawing on the experiences of directors, staff, and evaluators, this timely and practical book describe ... More

Keywords: public officials, accountability, child welfare, child abuse, results-orientated accountability, federal consent decree, family outcomes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195321302
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321302.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark F. Testa, author
University of North Carolina

John Poertner, author
University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign