Charles Glisson and his colleagues have shown that the organizational climate of a child welfare agency is linked to the outcomes it produces. This finding comes from their analysis of data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Wellbeing (NSCAW). That survey covers approximately 2000 school-age children, 2000 caseworkers, and 88 agencies. This new grant will allow the Glisson team to work with a new wave of data from the NSCAW, trying to identify the caseworker behaviors and activities that link organizational climate and outcomes.
Is it possible to identify and measure the welfare agency staff practices and service activities that account for the difference in outcomes for children and families involved with child welfare agencies?