TOP IV-E Waiver Demonstation Evaluation
Any state operating a IV-E waiver demonstration can benefit from the data generated through the use of the TOP tool. It provides valuable inputs into the measurement of child well-being progression, trauma mitigation, and other practice targets/objectives being achieved by the demonstration.
- The time sensitive data feedback loops that are part of the TOP process can help a demonstration site quickly identify which interventions are achieving their intended results and which are not. With this data, promising approaches can be reinforced and weaker approaches abandoned or modified, thus optimizing resources and helping ensure overall cost neutrality for the demonstration.
- The TOP’s sensitivity to change, combined with its lack of floor or ceiling effects, will allow the site to measure and report small changes in improvement or worsening. This is critical to a successful evaluation because it is unlikely that child welfare programs and policies will create dramatic changes in well-being given the many factors in a child’s life.
- Using TOP data in conjunction with child welfare placement data (recorded in agency SACWIS systems) allows for a more sensitive and accurate analysis of placement outcomes (including changes over time).
- TOP data can also enhance the demonstration’s evaluation. We will work with clients with IV-E demonstrations to identify synergies and opportunities for the TOP process to add value to the demonstration.
Federal Well-Being Outcome Domains
TOP captures the Federal Well-Being Outcomes Domains for Children Age 3 & Above
ACYF Well-Being Framework*
|Emotional/Behavioral Functioning||Social Functioning|
|Infancy (0-2)||Self-control, emotional management and expression, internalizingnbehaviors, trauma symptoms and externalizing||Social competencies, attachment and caregiver relationships, adaptive behavior|
|Early Childhood (3-5)||Self-control, self-esteem, emotional management and expression, internalizing and externalizing behaviors, trauma symptoms||Social competencies, attachment and caregiver relationships, adaptive behavior|
|Middle Childhood (6-12)||Emotional intelligence, self-efficacy, motivation, self-control, pro-social behavior, positive outlook, coping, internalizing and nexternalizing behaviors, trauma symptomsn||Social competencies, social connections and relationships, social skills, adaptive behavior|
|Adolescence (13-18)||Emotional intelligence, self-efficacy, motivation, self-control, pro-social behavior, positive outlook, coping, internalizing and externalizing behaviors, trauma symptoms||Social competence, social connections and nrelationships, social skills, adaptive behaviorn|
|Social and Emotional Well-Being Domains|