Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Marie Cohen on CFSA's evaluation of contractors

Marie Cohen considers the idea of evaluating nonprofit agencies providing child welfare services in Evaluation of Foster Care Agency Should Look Beyond ‘Performance Scorecard’.

Cohen summarizes:

Close to 40 children had to leave their foster homes homes due to the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA)'s decision to close a private agency, reports social worker Marie Cohen based on a delayed response to a Freedom of Information Act request. CFSA's response indicated that the decision to close Foundations for Home and Community was based on its "Performance Scorecard" scores. But these scores are influenced by facts that private agencies can't control, like the age and problems of their clients. And Foundations took the oldest and most difficult youth that other agencies wouldn't serve.

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