Measuring organizational health in child welfare agencies

Cathryn C. Potter, Robin Leake, Laricia Longworth-Reed, Inna Altschul, Shauna Rienks

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In recent years, federal funds have been directed toward programs to improve the organizational health and functioning of public and tribal child welfare agencies. This study introduces a battery of instruments aimed at holistic measurement of organizational health factors in public, private, and tribal child welfare agencies. The Comprehensive Organizational Health Assessment (COHA) was designed as part of a federally funded grant to aid development of organizational interventions in child welfare settings. Assessment results are used diagnostically to identify strengths and challenges and to guide the development of targeted systems-change interventions and to track change over time. This study describes the iterative process of developing and testing the measurement tools, including results from exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses. The final, revised set of measures includes 20 scales and 3 indices measuring aspects of individual, work unit, and organizational functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-39
Number of pages9
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Child welfare
  • Measurement tools
  • Organizational health
  • Psychometrics


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