EDUCATING MINDS, EMPOWERING CHANGE

Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work

Measurement Protocol

Kent School faculty built a curriculum model, using an agreed upon theoretical construct that serves as the building block of the curriculum.  Critical thinking and evidence-based constructs provided an infrastructure around which to build this curriculum.  After the curriculum model was built, an Educational Program Assessment Plan was designed and approved by faculty. The Educational Program Assessment Plan is shown below:

Assessment Measures for Core Competencies and Practice Behaviors

As illustrated in our Educational Program Assessment Plan, the faculty decided to use three direct assessment measures of competencies and two indirect assessment measures of competencies.  Specifically, these measures are:

Direct Measures:

  1. Assessment (pre and post) of Critical Thinking with the California Critical Thinking Skills Standardized Test  (CCTST)– Overall Program Construct
  2. Field Performance Evaluations of practice behaviors
  3. Rubrics linked to assignments for selected core competencies

Indirect Measures:

  1. Self-Efficacy related to practice behaviors measured with a self-efficacy measure that was based on the Foundation Practice Self-Efficacy (FPSE) tool developed by Holden, Anastas & Meenaghan (2003), but adapted to align with the competencies and practice behaviors adopted by the School.
  2. Course Evaluations measured with ratings completed by students after each semester on how well the course met the SLO’s aligned with core competencies and practice behaviors.

The following tables shows how the core competencies and practice behaviors are measured. To prevent assessment fatigue, each core curriculum class is asked to assess no more than three core competencies.

BSW Program

 

CSWE Competencies and Practice Behaviors

Direct Assessment

Indirect Assessment

C1: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly

Rubrics 304, 473

Course Evaluations 201,303, 304, 472, 473

C1-1: Advocate for client access to the services of social work;

Practicum Evaluation 470 & 471

Self-Efficacy

C1-2: Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development;

C1-3: Attend to professional roles and boundaries;

C1-4: Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication;

C1-5: Engage in career-long learning; and

C1-6: Use supervision and consultation.

C2: Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice

Rubrics 304, 405

Course Evaluations 201, 302, 322, 304, 405, 472, 473

C2-1: Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice

Practicum Evaluation 470 & 471

Self-Efficacy

C2-2: Make ethical decisions by applying standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles

C2-3: Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts

C2-4: Apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions

C3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments

Rubrics 201, 301, 302, 319, 473

Course Evaluations 201, 301, 319, 302, 322, 303, 304, 406, 426, 472, 473

C3-1: Distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom;

Practicum Evaluation 470 & 471

Self-Efficacy

C3-2: Analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation; and

C3-3: Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues.

C4: Engage diversity and difference in practice

Rubrics 303, 472

Course Evaluations 201, 301, 319, 303, 304, 472

C4-1: Recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power;

Practicum Evaluation 470 & 471

Self-Efficacy

C4-2:  Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups;

C4-3: Recognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences; and

C4-4: View themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants.

C5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice

Rubrics 302, 472

Course Evaluations 301, 319, 302, 406, 472

C5 -1: Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination

Practicum Evaluation 470 & 471

Self-Efficacy

C5-2: Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice

C5-3: Engage in practices that advance social and economic justice

C6: Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research

Rubrics 303, 426

Course Evaluations 303, 304, 426, 472, 473

C6-1: Use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry

Practicum Evaluation 470 & 471

Self-Efficacy

C6-2: Use research evidence to inform practice.

C7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment

Rubrics 301, 319, 405

Rubrics 301, 319, 405

C7-1:  Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation; and

C7-1:  Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation; and

C7-2: Critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment.

Self-Efficacy

C7-2: Critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment.

C8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services

Rubrics 322, 472

Course Evaluations 302, 322, 472, 473

C8-1: Analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being

Practicum Evaluation 470 & 471

Self-Efficacy

C8-2: Collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action

C9: Respond to contexts that shape practice

Rubrics 322, 406

Course Evaluations 322, 303, 405, 406,472,473

C9 -1: Continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services.

Practicum Evaluation 470 & 471

Self-Efficacy

C9-2: Provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services.

C10: a) Engage, b) Assess, c) Intervene, and d) Evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

Rubrics 304, 406

Course Evaluations 303, 304, 405, 406, 426

C10a-1: Substantively and affectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Practicum Evaluation 470 & 471

Self-Efficacy

C10a-2: Use empathy and other interpersonal skills

C10a-3: Develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes

C10b-1: Collect, organize, and interpret client data

C10b-2:  Assess client strengths and limitations

C10b-3: Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives

C10b-4: Select appropriate intervention strategies

C10c-1: Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals

C10c-2: Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities

C10c-3: Help clients resolve problems

C10c-4: Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients

C10c-5: Facilitate transitions and ending

C10d-1: Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions

MSW Program

 

CSWE Competencies and Practice Behaviors

Direct Assessment

Indirect Assessment

C1: Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly

Rubrics 604, 677

Course Evaluations 604, 677

Foundation

Advanced

Practicum Evaluation 670, 671, 672, 673

Self-Efficacy

C1-1: Advocate for client access to the services of social work;

 

C1.1: Distinguish between various roles of advocacy in order to bring clarity to the purposes of using advocacy to access the services of social work;

C1-2: Practice personal reflection and self-correction to assure continual professional development;

C1-3: Attend to professional roles and boundaries;

C1.2: Practice personal reflection and self- correction by incorporating various points of view and applying the standard of fairness when examining thoughts and feelings to assure continual professional development.

C1-4: Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication;

C1-5: Engage in career-long learning; and

C1-6: Use supervision and consultation.

C2: Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice

Rubrics 604

Course Evaluations 604

Foundation

Advanced

Practicum Evaluation 670, 671, 672, 673

Self-Efficacy

C2-1: Recognize and manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice

C2.1: Identify all the assumptions embedded in each ethical decision made while utilizing the standards of the NASW Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles; and explain how the chosen ethical issue addressed is the most significant of the problems to consider;

C2-2: Make ethical decisions by applying standards of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and, as applicable, of the International Federation of Social Workers/International Association of Schools of Social Work Ethics in Social Work, Statement of Principles

C2-3: Tolerate ambiguity in resolving ethical conflicts

C2.2: Describe the concepts utilized to guide your reasoning in making ethical decisions, and trace the flow of logic throughout to the final conclusion.

C2-4: Apply strategies of ethical reasoning to arrive at principled decisions

C3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments

Rubrics 601, 602, 619, 668

Course Evaluations 601, 602, 619, 668

Foundation

Advanced

 

 

C3-1: Distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge, and practice wisdom;

C3.1: Identify, evaluate and integrate the similarities and differences of the inferences based on the breadth of research and practice wisdom evidence;

Practicum Evaluation 670, 671, 672, 673

Self-Efficacy

C3-2: Analyze models of assessment, prevention, intervention, and evaluation;

C3-3: Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and colleagues.

C3.2: Illustrate an understanding of the purpose of questioning the relevance of each model of assessment, prevention, intervention and evaluation for client well being.

C4: Engage diversity and difference in practice

Rubrics 603 641

Course Evaluations 603, 641

Foundation

Advanced

 

 

C4-1: Recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power;

C4.1: Critically analyze relevant information to evaluate the breadth of complexities of cultural structures and values and how these complexities may oppress and marginalize or enhance privilege and power;

Practicum Evaluation 670, 671, 672, 673

Self-Efficacy

C4-2:  Gain sufficient self-awareness to eliminate the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse groups;

C4-3: Recognize and communicate their understanding of the importance of difference in shaping life experiences; and

C4.2: Clearly community the main concepts behind their understanding of differences and how they shape life experiences.

C4-4: View themselves as learners and engage those with whom they work as informants.

C5: Advance human rights and social and economic justice

Rubrics 603, 677

Course Evaluations 603, 677

Foundation

Advanced

 

 

C5 -1: Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination

C5.1: Understand and accurately differentiate the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination in order to draw the most appropriate inferences about their cause and eradication;

Practicum Evaluation 670, 671, 672, 673

Self-Efficacy

C5-2: Advocate for human rights and social and economic justice

C5-3: Engage in practices that advance social and economic justice

C5.2       Engage in practices considered from multiple points of view that advance social and economic justice with fairness and without privileging one’s position.

C6: Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research

Rubrics 626, 668

Course Evaluations 626, 668

Foundation

Advanced

 

 

C6-1: Use practice experience to inform scientific inquiry

C6.1: Demonstrate an understanding of the value to explore the assumptions held by practitioners to ensure the resultant scientific inquiry is logically related to the thinking and reasoning of the practitioner;

Practicum Evaluation 670, 671, 672, 673

Self-Efficacy

C6-2: Use research evidence to inform practice.

C6.2: Demonstrate a precise synthesis of research evidence for the goal of developing relevant and accurate practice implications.

C7: Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment

Rubrics 601, 619, 677

Course Evaluations 601, 619, 677

Foundation

Advanced

 

 

C7-1:  Utilize conceptual frameworks to guide the processes of assessment, intervention, and evaluation; and

C7.1: Use relevant information including conceptual frameworks to guide processes of assessment, intervention and evaluation;

Practicum Evaluation 670, 671, 672, 673

Self-Efficacy

C7-2: Critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment.

C7.2: Apply inferences from knowledge of sufficient depth to understand person in environment.

C8: Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services

Rubrics 622, 669

Course Evaluations 622, 669

Foundation

Advanced

 

 

C8-1: Analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance social well-being

C8.1: Demonstrate the understanding of the purpose of analyzing, formulating and advocating for policies and discuss the most significant aspects of each process to affect social well-being;

Practicum Evaluation 670, 671, 672, 673

Self-Efficacy

C8-2: Collaborate with colleagues and clients for effective policy action

C8.2: Demonstrate the value of capturing the breadth of perspectives from colleagues and clients and discuss the enrichment of the implications for effective policy action due to the varying perspectives.

C9: Respond to contexts that shape practice

Rubrics 622, 669

Course Evaluations 622, 669

Foundation

Advanced

 

 

C9 -1: Continuously discover, appraise, and attend to changing locales, populations, scientific and technological developments, and emerging societal trends to provide relevant services.

C9.1: Continuously seek to discover and respond to the ever-evolving changes in organizations and society (i.e., population shifts, technological and scientific developments, social trends) so as to provide effectively relevant services; identify and ensure all points of view are considered in strategizing for services;

Practicum Evaluation 670, 671, 672, 673

Self-Efficacy

C9-2: Provide leadership in promoting sustainable changes in service delivery and practice to improve the quality of social services.

C9.2: Explain the data justifying the information used to support your leadership toward improving the quality of services provided, and assess the biases reflected in the data to ensure fairness in the resources used in selecting which services to provide.

C10: a) Engage, b) Assess, c) Intervene, and d) Evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

Rubrics 605, 640

Course Evaluations 605, 640

Foundation

Advanced

 

 

C10a-1: Substantively and affectively prepare for action with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

C10a.1: Identify the issues in engaging client systems in change and describe different perspectives of preparing for action with one of the following: individuals, families, groups, organizations, or communities;

Practicum Evaluation 670, 671, 672, 673

Self-Efficacy

C10a-2: Use empathy and other interpersonal skills

C10a-3: Develop a mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes

C10a.2: Describe the core concepts to consider when developing a detailed mutually agreed-on focus of work and desired outcomes.

C10b-1: Collect, organize, and interpret client data

C10b.1: Specify key concepts in a mutually agreed-on intervention goal, and describe detailed and specific objectives;

C10b-2:  Assess client strengths and limitations

C10b-3: Develop mutually agreed-on intervention goals and objectives

C10b.2: Select appropriate intervention strategies, and outlined the implications of these strategies by showing a logical sequence of your argument that connects implications to interventions.

C10b-4: Select appropriate intervention strategies

C10c-1: Initiate actions to achieve organizational goals

C10c.1: Make accurate assumptions to implement interventions that enhance client capacities; 

C10c-2: Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities

C10c-3: Help clients resolve problems

C10c.2: Define relevant purposes to guide our efforts to help clients resolve problems.

C10c-4: Negotiate, mediate, and advocate for clients

C10c-5: Facilitate transitions and ending

C10d-1: Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions

C10d.1:Articulate the right complex questions to analyze, monitor, and evaluate interventions with precision.