InDHSS: Employee Newsletter


August 2010


Measuring the recurrence of maltreatment

By Travis Erickson
Field Administrator

Sure we come to work every day. And we all work very hard. But for all of this hard work, is anyone really better off? How do we really know if we are making a difference?

One of the key measures used to determine whether our services are making a difference in the lives of children is the rate of Maltreatment Recurrence. As the name indicates, Maltreatment Recurrence happens when a child is maltreated once and then again in the future. (For the purpose of this Performance Gauge, this measure looks at how often a second maltreatment event happens within six months of the first maltreatment event.) In short, it tells us whether the work we did after the first maltreatment event helped prevent the child from being maltreated a second time.

Because we are measuring something we would like to never see happen, we measure the absence of Maltreatment Recurrence. By measuring absence this way, a perfect score is 100 percent. When accomplished would mean that no children in Alaska suffered Maltreatment Recurrence. The national standard is 94.6 percent, and while we haven’t reached this standard yet, you can see from this Performance Gauge below that we have exceeded our Program Improvement Plan goal and are headed in the right direction. 

Clearly, our efforts are making a difference!

Learn more by reviewing FFY 2010-11 State and National Targets


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