Discuss the statement below:
“The use of outcome measures is one of the characteristic techniques that is used by aiming to facilitate management and improve efficiency. It includes public service delivery aiming to improve efficiency, tacitly assuming that there will not be negative implications for other service objectives. There is an emphasis on transparency and accountability. A positivist approach to service delivery is taken: the outputs of services are assumed to be measurable. Performance targets are set in accordance with outcome measures to judge performance and structure management” (Krohn, 2015). The outcome measurement is important when working with individuals and families, to make sure that they are receiving the help that they need within the environment that they are in. It is not only looking at the result but how the client is progressing within their treatment. Completing a treatment plan with the client and being able to look at the progress and accomplishments that they are making, is a way to determine that the client is receiving the help that they need with the assistance from the social worker. With the client meeting the goals that have been set for them through their treatment plan, their progress can be explained and displayed. Through the outcomes, the social worker can show how the client was able to start at one point and progress within their treatment, while also establishing and reaching their set goals. Having the client’s goals measurable is how the social worker can see the progress and be able to show how the client has made changes, along with increasing their motivation for change. With working with a family, the social worker can look at the structure of the family itself and how it can accomplish set goals that they have set as a unit. Measuring outcomes within one’s practice setting can also help with being prepared for the ASWB licensing exam. It will give the social worker the ability to implement assessment and measurement, along with knowledge and skills of accountability.
Reference Krohn, J. (2015). Beyond outcome measures in child protection: Using feedback to direct and evaluate social work practice. Practice: Social Work in Action, 27(2), 79–95. https://lopes.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=psyh&AN=2015-11708-002&site=eds-live&scope=site