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Fostering AccountabilityUsing Evidence to Guide and Improve Child Welfare Policy$
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Mark F. Testa and John Poertner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195321302

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321302.001.0001

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Research Review of Evidence in Child Welfare

Research Review of Evidence in Child Welfare

(p.166) 6 Research Review of Evidence in Child Welfare
Fostering Accountability

John Poertner

Oxford University Press

The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA) specified the accountability concerns for public child welfare and codified the outcomes for children served in these systems as safety, permanence, and wellbeing. The drive to define, measure, report, and manage these results has dominated the field for many years, even prior to the passage of ASFA. However, some people suggest that the outcome movement has so skewed attention to results that the practices which produce them have been lost. This chapter outlines an approach toward assessing the external validity of child welfare practices through research reviews of empirically-supported practices and policies across variations in populations, settings, interventions, and outcomes.

Keywords:   public child welfare, randomized controlled trials, social interventions, research reviews, child welfare policy

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