Literature Review

  • Training Evaluation and the Transfer of Training: In any organization, training serves a number of purposes. Training orients new employees to the organization, teaches new knowledge and skills, and conveys changes in policies and procedures. Training is also used to improve employee performance, make an organization more effective, and promote best practice within a given field in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for their clients. This review of training evaluation literature shows the importance of high level training evaluations and their use in determining the extent of knowledge gained from training, usefulness in the workplace and actual implementation of the knowledge and skills into practice.

Research Brief

  • Maine Social Work Educational Programs: A Pathway to a Career in Child Welfare? This research brief describes a study done by researchers at the University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service to determine the extent to which a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited Maine college or university, prepares new caseworkers for their job in Child Welfare. A sample of 59 current DHHS employees completed the online survey and reflected on their education and current job duties and responsibilities. Overall, respondents felt that their program did very well in preparing them for a social work career, but it did not specifically prepare them for child welfare work.
  • The Impact of Kinship Provider Training: This research brief describes a survey done by researchers at the University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, to measure the overall efficacy of training for kinship providers. The study compares self report of attitudes and beliefs toward providing care of those who received training against those who did not receive training, using a matched sample obtained through Propensity Score Matching (PSM). Significant differences in attitudes and beliefs were found in five areas, when comparing the trained and untrained group.

Research Report

  • The Signs of Safety Training Evaluation:  This report describes the results of training evaluations for the implementation of The Signs of Safety in Maine. Researchers from the University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service utilized survey questions obtained from Peter Pecora, Casey Family Programs, and integrated these questions with select questions from the transfer of training evaluations developed my Muskie researchers to measure perceived transfer of training to the workplace. 
  • Maine Child Welfare Caseworker Examination Technical Manual: This manual describes the process of developing and implementing a comprehensive examination of knowledge and skills for all caseworkers enrolled in Pre-Service Training. The examination includes a 100 multiple choice test component, three skills assessments in Documentation, Interviewing, and Family Engagement, and a Supervisor’s Assessment based on performance in the office, guided by a Field Practice Manual.