Project Overview


A history of the Project, programs, and areas of outcome measurement is described below.


Project History

In 1995, a group of Indiana Juvenile and Family Court Judges challenged the children’s residential provider community to provide evidence that programs and services provided to abused, neglected, and delinquent, children were effective. A committee and pilot study were launched resulting in the implementation of the Outcome Measures Project in 1998. The Project began measuring outcomes in a smaller set of service areas. Because of demand and changes in the behavioral health landscape, the Project added to that list over time and now includes data from twelve distinct service areas. The Project began as an Indiana-only initiative. Based on its success and usefulness to participants and key decision makers, though, it was opened to all agencies in the United States in 2004. Seven states have been represented in the Project. In 2009, the Project was converted to a web application making participation easier and data collection more efficient.

Because of the consistency and scope of the effort, the Project now holds more data on outcomes experienced by children and their families (265,000packets) than any other private collection in the country. Data collected by the Project remains the property of the participating agency. Raw data is kept secure and specific agency outcomes is kept confidential. While the Project has full-time staff and several consultants, its mission and vision is still driven by a Task Force comprised of participating agencies.

Service Areas

The Project collects data in service areas across the continuum of care for children and youth. Specifically, the Project reports on outcomes in:

  • Transitional Living
  • Day Treatment
  • Home-Based
  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Treatment Foster Care
  • Shelter Care
  • Residential Utilizing Public Schools
  • Residential Utilizing Public and On-Grounds Schools
  • Residential Locked and Staff Secure
  • Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility
  • Crisis Stabilization
  • Outpatient Treatment

Outcome Measurement

We measure outcomes in distinct areas and time periods:

Effectiveness of Placement
Risk and Protective Factors

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Details - Outcome Measurement

Specific outcome measures and various assessment tools are indicated below


Clinical Outcomes

Child Problem Checklist

Family Risk Scales: Parent Centered Risk

Family Problem Checklist


Functional Outcomes

Educational outcome

Educational status

Employment outcome

Absence of subsequent abuse of child

Absence of subsequent abuse in family

Absence of subsequent court involvement


Effectiveness of Placement

Length of stay

Restrictiveness of Living Environment Scales

Achievement of primary or concurrent permanency plan

Nature of discharge


Risk & Protective Factors


Child-specific risk factors

Parent-specific risk

Total Risk Score

Child-specific protective factors

Child and Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM)

North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS)