Learning from proven methods to develop new ways of thinking

Session Number: SW2
Track: Social Work
Session Type: TIG Multipaper
Presenter 1: Anne J Atkinson [President - PolicyWorks, Ltd., Petersburg, VA]
Presenter 2: Ouen Hunter [Adjunct Faculty Instructor & Ph.D. Student - Western Michigan University]
Presentation 1 Additional Author: William Edward Pate, II [Principal - Business]
Time: Nov 11, 2017 (09:15 AM - 10:00 AM)
Room: PARK TWR STE 8206

Abstract 1 Title: Theory of Change Testing: Applying Innovative Methods to a Real-World Family Finding and Engagement Promising Model
Presentation Abstract 1: This paper details methodologies of a comprehensive theory of change testing of a front-end, intensive family finding and support intervention that seeks to increase the number of children placed with relatives/kin at the time they enter foster care and to ensure natural and community supports are in place to promote stability for the child. Methodologies employed across four sub-studies will be described including the use of Propensity Score Matching (PSM) to derive a matched sample of children for comparisons to children served. Of special note is groundbreaking methodology to examine placement stability in foster care that corrects for count inflation and controls for length of time in care by calculating rates of placement changes per month.  
Abstract 2 Title: A Statistician, a Social Worker, and an Evaluator Enter a Conference…
Presentation Abstract 2: The presenter will discuss how an evaluator trained in social work interviewing techniques and statistical analysis can help to better inform non-profits on the workforce development climate, affordable housing, and access to early learning programs in Kent County, Michigan.
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Session Abstract (150 words):  Learning from proven methods to develop new ways of thinking