Measurement Tools for Child Welfare

Measurement tools for well-being in child welfare consist of both screening tools and assessment tools. The CEBC provides information on select screening and assessment tools that may be commonly used by staff in the child welfare system in order to help child welfare agencies evaluate the research supporting each tool. In order to be included on the CEBC, the tool must meet the following requirements:

  1. Has a manual and/or training available that describes how to administer and score it
  2. Is used in the child welfare field
  3. Does not require a clinical license to be used and interpreted
  4. Has established psychometrics (e.g., specificity, sensitivity, reliability, or validity) and/or be commonly used in California

List of Measurement Tools reviewed by the CEBC


Measurement Tool Rating Scale

Measurement Webinar: Screening and Assessment in Child Welfare: Using the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse’s Measurement Tools Section

    The webinar was recorded on October 28th, 2015. It is 50 minutes long. Please click here to download a pdf version of the PowerPoint slides from this webinar. Please click here to start viewing and listening to the webinar.

    In this presentation, Brent Crandal, PhD, and Jared Martin, MA, discussed how evidence-based screening and assessment tools are increasingly used in child welfare. They highlighted how utilizing such tools can aid child welfare workers with effectively identifying the needs of children and youth and efficiently offering them more beneficial services. Dr. Crandal and Mr. Martin discussed the critical role of evidence-based screening and assessment in child welfare and introduced participants to the new features of the CEBC Measurement Tools section.

    By the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

    • Understand the difference between screening and assessment in child welfare
    • Understand the background and rationale for utilizing evidence-based screening and assessment tools in child welfare systems
    • Understand how to effectively use and understand the measurement tools section on the CEBC website

    Brent Crandal, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and research investigator at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.

    Jared Martin, MA, is a Research Associate with the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.