What outcomes are meaningful in foster care services? How do you measure them effectively? How can foster care programs manage performance to improve program quality and outcomes? Join us for discussion with PerformWell’s content developers and a practitioner in the field about these questions and a practical look at tools to aid you in improving outcomes for the children and families you serve.
The District of Columbia has recently made efforts to better measure outcomes for older youth in foster care. In particular, this presentation will highlight the city's strides in measuring outcomes for youth who emancipate from the foster care system. Tiffany Allen will discuss how the DC Child and Family Services Agency is improving quality of frontline services to children and families, how it is measuring whether it is doing so successfully, and accomplishments to date.
PerformWell’s content developers will then review the recently added indicators and surveys/assessments that foster care programs can use to measure outcomes. Drs. Moore and Terzian will discuss how others, whether state agencies or nonprofits, can make use of PerformWell as they seek to improve outcomes for children and youth in foster care. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask your questions of the very people who created the PerformWell content, as well as a practitioner in the field who is managing performance in foster care today.
Kristin A. Moore
Senior Scholar & Co-director of Youth Development, ChildTrends
Research Scientist, ChildTrends
Director, Strategic Initiatives, Social Solutions
Kristin Moore, Ph.D.. Dr. Moore has been with Child Trends since 1982, studying trends in child and family well-being, adolescent development, effective programs and practices, the effects of poverty and welfare on children, and positive development. Dr. Moore was the founding chair of the Effective Programs and Research Task Force for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. She currently serves on advisory boards for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Family Impact Seminar, the National Survey of Children’s Health, Wings for Kids, the Committee for Children, and the International Society for Child Indicators. Dr. Moore is also the evaluation partner for Venture Philanthropy Partners and Girls Inc. She was recently selected a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations.
Mary A. Terzian, Ph.D., M.S.W. is a Research Scientist in the Youth Development area at Child Trends, with over 15 years of experience in prevention science. Dr. Terzian has substantive expertise in the etiology of adolescent problem behaviors and technical expertise in the design, review, and evaluation of programs and practices to prevent adolescent problem behaviors, promote positive youth development, and support healthy transitions to adulthood. Over the past five years, Dr. Terzian has directed and co-directed a number of projects, including those involving evidence reviews, analyses to identify malleable risk and protective factors affecting adolescent and young adult outcomes, and work to develop performance indicators and identify assessment tools for human services organizations working with children and youth.