Redefining Residential: Measuring Functional Outcomes

Adopted January, 2012

This is in a series of papers being issued by the Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC) addressing critical issues and opportunities facing the field of residential treatment. ACRC is the longest standing USA national association focused exclusively on the needs of children and youth who require residential treatment, and their families.

In the view of ACRC it is becoming increasingly incumbent upon providers of social services in the USA to demonstrate the effectiveness of their work. An earlier
paper in the series (#4) urged the field to implement performance measurement systems within their organizations to gauge how well processes are being implemented and the outcomes of residential treatment as an intervention. It identified issues residential treatment programs face in developing performance measurement systems and urged providers to take leadership in doing so.

This paper focuses primarily on the dimensions of comparative effectiveness, e.g. functional outcomes and perception/experience of care. It defines outcomes and the importance of measuring them; offers tips on how organizations can ready themselves and work in collaboration with community partners to design effective systems; identifies general categories of outcomes to measure; addresses key issues the field faces when engaging in outcomes measurement; and suggests how programs can utilize outcome data.
It attributes sources at the end and is worth a read through…at…

ACRC Source: Microsoft Word – Paper 9 FINAL ACRC – Paper-9.pdf

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