Understanding the characteristics of the California Public Child Welfare Workforce
The California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC)'s workforce study attempts to study the relationships between worker child welfare variables such as job satisfaction, stress, perceptions of organization culture and climate among others and outcomes at the level of children and families gathered in the statewide system, CWS/CMS. Preliminary findings from this study will be shared.
Sandhya Rao Hermon is the Director of Research and Evaluation at the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC). Her research interests relate to social work workforce development, organizational change and the evaluation of learning. Dr. Rao Hermon works closely with CalSWEC's university, county and Regional Training Academy (RTA) partners to evaluate the effectiveness of the Title IV-E stipend program and California's core training for newly hired social workers. Her current project includes testing an ecological model of workforce effectiveness, which examines the interrelatedness between social worker and agency characteristics and their impact on case outcomes. She is also involved in creating the evaluation strategy for California's revised Common Core 3.0 curriculum and lecutes at San Francisco State University in the School of Social Work on Research Methods.