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dc.contributor.authorTilbury, Clareen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T12:26:01Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T12:26:01Z
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.date.modified2009-10-09T06:12:10Z
dc.identifier.issn00453102en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/bjsw/bch023en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/15466
dc.description.abstractThe increasing use of performance measurement in child welfare promises to have significant consequences. Performance indicators are not neutral or merely technical-they represent viewpoints and values that may influence policy and practice. This three-part article examines how this may occur. The first part outlines a theoretical approach to understanding the policy significance of performance indicators. As they become part of the framework within which policy debates occur, indicators may frame policy issues, create boundaries around options for solutions, define standards for evaluating results, and set the terms of public discourse. The second part discusses the background to the development of performance measurement in child welfare in Britain, the USA and Australia, locating it as integral to contemporary approaches to public sector management. The third part examines the performance indicators used in these jurisdictions-aspects of performance measured, underlying assumptions about 'good' performance, and how they construct child welfare. Existing indicators narrowly construct child welfare in terms of investigations and out-of-home care, whereas the child welfare literature suggests a broader approach with more attention to family support. The article argues that there is space to negotiate on the new managerialist terrain, developing an approach to performance measurement that contributes to better services and outcomes for children and families.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherBritish Association of Social Workersen_US
dc.publisher.placeLondonen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom225en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto241en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue2en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalBritish Journal of Social Worken_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume34en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode370299en_US
dc.titleThe influence of performance measurement on child welfare policy and practiceen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.date.issued2004
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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