The University of Chicago and Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago today announced that they will be funding a new research project to explore performance measurement in private child and family service agencies. The study, Understanding and Improving Performance Measurement Systems in Private Child and Family Service Agencies, will involve case studies of nine agencies. These agencies' performance management efforts will be at varying levels of maturity and functioning. The study aims to better understand the developmental and workforce challenges private child and family service agencies face as they build performance management systems. The project's co- principal investigators are Drs. Nathan Israel of Chapin Hall and Curtis McMillen of the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.
The fund was established to support outstanding research that investigates and leads to new directions in policy and practice aimed at promoting the well-being of vulnerable children, while fostering long-term policy-relevant collaborations between the University and Chapin Hall.