Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System

PDSA Examples

This is an accordion element with a series of buttons that open and close related content panels.

Dane County – Case Note Review Tool

In Summer 2019 Dane County created and used Case Note Review Tools to determine the extent to which caseworker meetings with families and the corresponding case notes captured issues relating to safety, child development, case planning and/or caregiver engagement. For a further description of this project including lessons learned, please view the following video with Dane County CPS Manager Julie Ahnen.

Video interview with Julie Ahnen

In the Dane County Case Note Review Tool project, three separate Case Note Review Tools were created, where each tool is tailored around the different issues that may be discussed depending on who is included in the meeting. The review tools are tailored to meetings with caregivers, meetings with children in out-of-home care (OHC), or a meeting with other case types (labeled here as ‘generic’). An example of a completed Case Note Review Tool is here.

Case Note Review Tool (Completed) – Ezra Example

Blank versions of the Dane County Case Note Review Tools are available below for your use, if interested. Please modify them as necessary to fit your practice.

Case Note Review Tool – Generic

Case Note Review Tool – Caregivers

Case Note Review Tool – Children in OHC

To further the understanding of the content collected in the Case Note Review Tools, the data was inputted into a spreadsheet that automatically added the results together. That spreadsheet is available below for your use, if interested. Please note that as there are three separate review tools, there are three separate tabs available to collect this data.

Dane County Case Note Review Tool – Data Collection Spreadsheet

The PDSA Toolkit is brought to you through partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System

This is an accordion element with a series of buttons that open and close related content panels.