Evaluation of the New York City Home Rebuilders Demonstration. 3.3 Interviews with Caseworkers

09/14/1998

Caseworkers were interviewed in both experimental and control groups in HD, LF, and MM, and in the HomeRebuilders groups in JC and NYF. Attempts were made to interview caseworkers for the same sample of families as that used for the caretaker interviews, except that it was not possible to interview caseworkers in OTT. As indicated above, the sample was limited to cases in which the goal at the beginning of the experiment was return home and in which there was at least one child under 13 years old.

Caseworkers were interviewed on a total of 407 cases. Some caseworkers were interviewed about more than one case. These cases were distributed among the agencies and experimental groups as indicated in Table 3-20.

Table 3-20.  Caseworker interviews by agency and experimental group

Agency Comparison Experimental Total N
HD 40 38 (78)
LF 57 49 (106)
MM 55 68 (123)
JC -- 53 (53)
NYF -- 47 (47)
Total N (152) (255) (407)

As in the caretaker interviews, caseworkers were asked a number of questions regarding child and caretaker functioning at the end of the experiment and about the services provided to the family. Again, we analyzed differences between experimental and comparison groups within agencies. Separate analyses were not conducted for birth parents, as in the caretaker interviews. Caseworker respondents varied considerably in their relationships to the families. Some were caseworkers who provided services during the experiment, some were successor workers, and others were supervisors. Sometimes respondents did not have personal knowledge of the family and were responding based on case records.

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