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Improving Outcomes for Children and Families: Finding and Using International Evidence

Maluccio, Anthony N.; Canali, Cinzia; Vecchiato, Tiziano; Lightburn, Anita; Aldgate, Jane and Rose, Wendy eds. (2011). Improving Outcomes for Children and Families: Finding and Using International Evidence. Child Welfare Outcomes. London: Jessica Kingsley .

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Abstract

Significant amounts of money and resources are spent on child and family services, so successful evaluation of whether or not they are achieving the best outcomes is therefore essential. This edited collection offers an international perspective on the challenges of designing and undertaking outcome-based evaluation of child and family services. With contributions from leading international experts, it introduces the key ideas and issues currently being debated in the evaluation of these services; discusses relevant approaches to designing and using evaluation methods; and provides examples of evaluation from the real world of policy and practice. Issues covered include setting appropriate indicators for service effectiveness, cross-cultural evaluation of service interventions, service user involvement in evaluation, and evaluations of family and community-based services. This invaluable book will be essential reading for policy makers, planners, commissioners and managers across child and family welfare services, as well as researchers and other academics in the field. This authoritative series draws from original research and current policy debates to help social work managers, policy makers and researchers to understand and improve the outcomes of services for children and young people in need. Taking an evidence-based approach, these books include children's experiences and analysis of costs and effectiveness in their assessment of interventions, and provide guidance on how to develop more effective policy, practice, and training.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2011 Jessica Kingsley
ISBN: 1-84905-819-9, 978-1-84905-819-3
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Social Work
Health and Social Care
Item ID: 20985
Depositing User: Katy Gagg
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2010 09:31
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:24
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/20985
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