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Read the article entitled: Building the Evidence Base for Intensive Family Preservation Services by Schweitzer, et al. Compose an essay of 600-700 words that draws on the article. Address the following:
What are intensive family preservation services?
What were the criteria for inclusion of the studies reviewed in this article?
What was the main outcome measure used in this review?
As an example of a program that was evaluated, consider the Michigan’s Family First program. What were some of the main inclusion and exclusion criteria regarding families allowed and disallowed for this experiment? Why is this type of information useful to know for each study presented in this article?
Consider Table 3. Don’t worry about deciphering the exact derivation of the so-called effect size. Just go with the categorization provided. For the studies reviewed, were the effects primarily “large” or less than large”? The Kirk and Griffith study and the Westat Kentucky study provide some breakouts by subgroup or case type; explain why in general this type of analysis might well be useful for program planning/development purposes?
Some of the studies reviewed provided figures on the outcome of subsequent maltreatment. What was found about this, and why is this useful?