The Data Measures, Data Composites, and National Standards To Be Used in the Child and Family Services Reviews
On November 7, 2005, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting comment regarding its proposal to replace the six data measures used as part of the assessment of State performance on the Federal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) with six data composites (70 FR 67479). Based on the results of our data analyses and a review of comments from the field, ACF made the following decisions: The CFSR will use a State's performance on two individual data measures as part of the assessment of the State's substantial conformity with CFSR Safety Outcome 1Children are, first and foremost, protected from abuse and neglect. A national standard is established for each of these measures. The CFSR will use a State's performance on four data composites as part of the assessment of the State's substantial conformity with CFSR Permanency Outcome 1Children have permanency and stability in their living situations. A national standard is established for each of these data composites. This announcement presents the following information: The decisions made by the Children's Bureau regarding use of data composites for the Federal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR); The composites and additional data that will be used as part of the assessment of a State's substantial conformity with the CFSR requirements; and Descriptive statistics relevant to each composite and measure, including the score that will serve as the national standard for the second round of the CFSR. Where relevant, the announcement addresses key comments from the field in response to the Federal Register notice. The announcement also includes the following attachments: Attachment A: Data to be included in the CFSR State Data Profile. Attachment B: Methodology for Composite Construction.