Training and Conference Evaluation

Training Evaluation

The Center for Child and Family Studies evaluates all of its trainings, meetings, and conferences.

Training Evaluations

Training evaluations are designed to measure participants’ confidence in their abilities on a set of competencies related to the training. The results of these evaluations are used to improve training content and delivery. Multiple-day trainings such as the Basic Training courses for new employees receive a more in-depth evaluation than one-day training events.  

Basic Training evaluations are designed to assess trainee preparedness to work in the field. This process involves conducting evaluations directly after the training is completed as well as six months post training.  The evaluation is designed to consistently measure satisfaction, knowledge learned, and skills developed as they relate to the competencies.  

Currently, CCFS evaluators are testing out an exciting new aspect of the evaluation process focusing on participants’ acquisition of basic job-related skills. This Strategic Quality Assurance (QA) Review process is currently being tested on the Child Welfare Basic Certification training.

In this new process, at least one case is reviewed for each trainee six months post training.  In the Strategic QA review (hyperlink to the QA page on the website—open in new window?), QA staff review the case using the applicable instrument (e.g., the federal onsite review instrument, the Intake instrument) to assess performance on job duties related to safety, permanence, and well-being of children on their caseloads. The information is then combined with other aspects of the evaluation process to determine the level of skill acquisition, challenges of their work environment, and their perceptions of how well the training prepared them for their work.

Meeting and Conference Evaluations

In addition to training evaluations, CCFS also conducts evaluations for meetings and conferences online via Survey Monkey. A link is emailed to each participant shortly after the meeting or conference. Examples of meeting and conferences that are regularly evaluated include:

  • Palmetto Power (P2)
  • DSS County Director Forum
  • Supervisor Summits
  • Adult Protective Services Community Collaboration Meetings
  • Economic Services Conferences

These evaluations measure a participant’s overall satisfaction with the meeting and applicability of meeting material to that participant’s job. The feedback from these evaluations is used to plan more effective and informative meetings to address the needs of the participants.



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