Data-Driven and Focused on Results

All of the Alliance's efforts are tracked and evaluated by Partners for Our Children (POC), a research organization based in the University of Washington School of Social Work. The ultimate purpose: Increasing our impact on improving the lives of vulnerable children of Washington State by improving training for people who are involved in the lives of these children.

Evaluation is a constant and integral component of the partnership and demonstrates a commitment to being accountable for the impact and outcomes of the partnership. Evaluation is governed by the Alliance Executive Team and is advised by the Statewide Standing Committee on Evaluation, which meets on a regular basis.

Evaluation measures our impact and supports continuous improvement. It includes:

  • Collecting and analyzing survey data on participant’s reactions to then curriculum;
  • Collecting and analyzing data on what participants are actually learning;
  • Conducting follow-up surveys, phone interviews and focus groups to determine if participants are using and benefitting from what they have learned;
  • Assessing fidelity by observing training delivery
  • Engaging with the Alliance and stakeholders regarding evaluation priorities, design and reporting for continuous improvement. 

Research is focused on how adults learn, and how learning experiences can be designed to have the greatest positive impact on practice. We have been focused on learning more about skill development through simulation and coaching, supervisory practice, and technology assisted (blended) learning as emerging areas of child welfare professional development. Partners for Our Children and the Alliance have sought and found guidance from published research, from other state child welfare training partnerships, and from the University of Washington Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education Research and Practice (CHSIE).