Site interviews were semistructured, collecting information to address the studys primary research questions on client needs, existing services, and program evaluation efforts. The team interviewed a broad range of service-based stakeholders with direct involvement in post-adoption programs and services, gathering information on the opportunities and challenges in developing PAS programs, providing services, and tracking client outcomes.
Questions were based on primary research topics (Exhibit 2-1). Specific questions asked of each interviewee varied, according to the circumstances of the program and the role and expertise of the individual. The team also used additional questions based on preliminary review of the informal ILSU interviews with state adoption agency directors. At the time of this report ILSU staff had conducted interviews with state adoption coordinators in 36 states.
|Need: What is the extent of need for post-adoption services and supports as measured by the following:
Existing Programs: What are the characteristics of existing PAS programs in terms of the following?
Evaluation: How are programs monitoring and assessing their effectiveness?
Note: Questions varied according to the role of the person interviewed.