Georgia Child Welfare Employee Selection Protocol (ESP)

Note: The Georgia Child Welfare Employee Selection Protocol (ESP) program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

Scientific Rating:
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

Georgia Child Welfare Employee Selection Protocol (ESP) has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Child Welfare Workforce Development and Support Programs, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Child welfare applicants

Brief Description

The primary goal of the ESP is to better select child welfare employees that possess and demonstrate personal knowledge, skills, abilities, and values (KSAVs) considered as minimally essential at job entry, with the long-term goal of increasing retention rates for child welfare employees in Georgia. The complete ESP consists of a sequenced set of web- and site-based assessment processes and procedures for potential applicants. ESP is designed to help applicants and employers make informed decisions about the goodness of fit between the applicant and the demands of a career in child welfare.

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Georgia Child Welfare Employee Selection Protocol (ESP).


Ellett, A. J., Ellett, C. D., Ellis, J., & Lerner, B. (2009). A research-based child welfare employee selection protocol: Strengthening retention of the workforce. Child Welfare, 88(5), 49.

Ellett, A. J., Ellett, C. D., Westbrook, T. M, & Lerner, B. (2006). Toward the development of a research-based employee selection protocol: Implications for child welfare supervision, administration, and professional development. Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, 9(2/3), 111-120.

Contact Information

Name: Alberta J. Ellett

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: April 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2017