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Change and continuity in children's services$
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Roy Parker

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322221

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322221.001.0001

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Reflections on the assessment of outcomes in child care*

Reflections on the assessment of outcomes in child care*

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(p.117) Chapter 8 Reflections on the assessment of outcomes in child care*
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Change and continuity in children's services
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Roy Parker

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447322221.003.0008

This is a review of some of the issues that arise in determining the results for the children of the various interventions made by the children’s services. For example, there is the problem of deciding when it is appropriate to assess an ‘outcome’. Outcomes tend not to be stable over time. There is also the conundrum of working out how comprehensive an assessment should (or can) be. On how many dimensions should it be judged? Furthermore, how do we assess the outcomes of work with the families and children who are not in care? In any case, what is the relationship between the manner in which we assess the outcomes for children and the way in which the performance of children’s services are assessed? The chapter ends by explaining the important differences between the attribution, the prediction and the explanation of outcomes.

Keywords:   dilemmas, timing, attribution, prediction, explanation

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