Category Archives: Evaluation

IFPS Program Evaluation

Last week we focused on the evaluation of the IFPS therapist. This week it’s time to evaluate the IFPS program.

From the beginning, the chief outcome measure to determine effectiveness of IFPS programs has been prevention of placement. In the 2011 nationwide survey of IFPS programs, an average of 91% of families remained intact at case closure. For those IFPS programs that tracked placement prevention at 6 and 12 months, the average was the same for both time intervals: 86% of families were still together.

The state of Missouri tracks families for four years from date of the IFPS intervention. Here is a summary of the most recent four-year time period:

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The state of New Jersey tracks placement prevention one year from completion of the IFPS intervention. Here are the results from 2011:

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Some other measures in the Missouri and New Jersey reports include:

  • Reason for referral to the IFPS program
  • Ages of children
  • Duration of services
  • List of services provided to families

Program evaluation reports are a valuable source of information, not only to the agency providing the service but to the referring agency, other community services providers, policy makers, legislators, advocates of IFPS, and IFPS agencies nationwide. Evaluations of IFPS contribute to the field of knowledge about IFPS, show areas needing improvement, and provide a strong basis of support for establishing and expanding IFPS programs.

You can view the full reports below:

Missouri 2012 Report (PDF, 1.1 Mb)

New Jersey 2012 Report (PDF, 90 Kb)

Please contribute to the knowledge base by sharing a link to your agency’s most recent IFPS evaluation in the comments below or e-mail them to Priscilla Martens at director@nfpn.org.

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Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director

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Therapist Evaluation

A previous post focused on the qualifications of an IFPS therapist. Now it’s time for the annual evaluation of the therapist!

What is a fair and accurate measure of a therapist’s performance? If the IFPS agency has clear program standards and performance measures, then the therapist’s evaluation flows naturally from that.

Let’s look at an example of how standards produce performance measures that, in turn, produce an evaluation measure of a therapist. The Homebuilders® model of IFPS has the following standards and performance measures for therapist availability:

Standard Performance Measure
Immediate Availability: Therapists meet with families within 24 hours of referral. • 75% of families receive their first face-to-face visit within 24 hours of referral from DCFS; 85% of families receive their first face-to-face visit no later than the end of the day after the referral.
Twenty-Four Hour Availability: Therapists, supervisors and other team members are available and accessible to families 24 hours a day, seven days a week. • Provider agency policies specifically allow a flexible work schedule, with work hours varying from week to week based on the needs of families.• 100% of clients have information about 24-hour availability and how to access therapist.• On the Homebuilders Client Feedback Survey, 95% of family members answer “Yes” to the question: “Was your therapist available and responsive to you?”

Now see how the therapist evaluation form addresses the availability standard and performance measure:

ifd_performance_measuresNotice that both the therapist and supervisor rate each measure. That allows the therapist to have input in the evaluation, compare the self-assessment with the supervisors’ assessment, and set goals for improving performance.

There are 15 performance measures in the Homebuilders evaluation form for therapists. You can view the complete form below, courtesy of the Institute for Family Development.

Homebuilders® Therapist Evaluation Form (PDF, 168 Kb)

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Do you have a form for evaluation of the IFPS therapist? Please share a link to it in the comments below or e-mail it to Priscilla Martens at director@nfpn.org.

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Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director