Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System

Stage 2B: Plan — Measure Change

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Selecting and Developing Measures

In child welfare, we want to engage in evidence-based practice. Measurement is the cornerstone of evidence-based practice. Child welfare practitioners want to deliver high-quality, effective service to clients. Child welfare supervisors and managers may need to use data to report on child welfare practice outcomes to their management, county boards, grantee agencies, and governmental agencies. Built into the PDSA model is a plan to measure change. Through repeated practice using the PDSA model, you build a learning culture where asking questions and answering them using data becomes standard practice.

The guide below contains information on different methods for measuring change and guidance on choosing measures. In consultation with your team, decide what measures will be tracked and enter them into ‘Plan Step 2’ on your PDSA Form.

Measurement Guide

Surveys

A common method for gathering information about child welfare practice is to survey clients, staff, and/or other stakeholders. The first guide below provides an overview of factors to consider when designing a survey. The second guide offers tips for writing survey questions and examples of many different survey question types.

Survey_Writing_Overview

Design_Survey_Questions

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

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