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Research & Quality Assurance

The purpose of the Research and Quality Assurance department at FCS Renfrew is to promote and evaluate positive child development outcomes.

The evaluative research conducted in the department examines outcomes for children within all the services provided by the agency. We provide staff with instruments and tools for assessment, planning of services, and tracking progress of the children and families with whom they are working. Through the integration of research and practice the department seeks to support the creation of an evidence informed practice within the organization. The research being conducted is always done with the aim of learning how we can deliver services more effectively. Sometimes the result is altering how we deliver a service, and at other times the research has led to the development of new services. Dissemination of the research conducted at the agency to all sectors of the agency is an important priority.

The quality assurance agenda of the agency has primarily been focused on auditing for service compliance and reporting on the outputs that have been established for each department within the agency. By paying attention to the processes required to operate an effective agency we believe that positive outcomes are more likely to follow.

Publications

At Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County evaluative research is conducted that focuses on the integration of research and practice. Many of the studies completed at the agency are rooted in a developmental/resilience perspective.

Articles in Professional Journals

O’Brien, M. (1992). A Role for Children’s Mental Health in Child Welfare: Bridging the Gap. Toronto: Journal of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies.

O’Brien, M. (2006). Exploring and Comparing Client Perception of Need and Social Worker Perception of Risk: A Key to Improved Intervention in Cases of Child Neglect. Toronto: Journal of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. (Winter)

O’Brien, M. (2006). The Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale: An Assessment and Outcome Measure for Children in Care. Toronto: Journal of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. (Spring)

O’Brien, M. (2007). Risks, Needs, Strengths, and Protective Factors: What We Know About Children Receiving a Child Protection Service. Toronto: Journal of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (Summer)

O’Brien, M. (2008). Outcomes of a Supplemental Learning Program for Children in Care. Toronto: Journal of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. (Fall)

O’Brien, M. (2009). Why Do Children Become Crown Wards and How Are They Doing? : A Study at Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County. Toronto: Journal of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. (Spring)

O’Brien, M. (2010). Improving Child Development Outcomes in a Child Welfare Agency: Evidence We Do Make a Difference. Toronto: Journal of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. (Spring/Summer)

O’Brien, M. (2012). The Relationship Between Child Development and Family Court in Cases of Child Maltreatment: Lessons Learned from a Structured Decision Making Tool. Toronto: Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. (Fall/Winter)

Articles in Referred Journals

O’Brien, M. (2010) The Conceptualization and Measurement of Need: A Key to Guiding Policy and Practice in Children’s Services. Child and Family Social Work (published on line) Doi:10.1111/j.1365-2206.2010.00689.x.

O’Brien, M. (2011) Measuring the Effectiveness of Routine Child Protective Services: An Evidence Based Strategy. Journal of Child and Youth Services. Doi:10.1080/0145935X.2011.639239.

O’Brien, M. (2011) Knowledge Transfer Resulting from the Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Care Conference: How it is Helping a Child Welfare Organization to Build a Long Term Educational Strategy. Children and Youth Services Review. Doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.01.043.