The Outcomes

The OSRI is divided into three sections that are themselves organized around the three outcome domains that form the basis of the CFSRs: Safety, Permanency, and Child and Family Well-Being. Each outcome domain is divided into specific outcomes: Safety Outcomes 1 and 2; Permanency Outcomes 1 and 2; and Well-Being Outcomes 1, 2, and 3. For each outcome, reviewers collect information on a number of “items” related to that outcome. Each item focuses on a specific Purpose of Assessment, and is further subdivided into individual questions.

Once all of an item’s questions are answered, the application will automatically rate the item as either a Strength, an Area Needing Improvement, or Not Applicable. When an item has been rated, the reviewers must complete its Rating Documentation questions. These questions provide evidence and contextual support for the item rating. When all of an outcome’s items have been rated and its Rating Documentation completed, the outcome itself receives a rating. Once all items and outcomes have been rated, and all supporting documentation is included, the instrument is complete.

Note that while reviewers will use the OSRI to review both foster care and in-home services cases, they will complete the Permanency section only if the case under review is a foster care case. For children in foster care, reviewers should consider both Safety Outcomes (items 1 through 4) for all children in the family, but complete the Permanency Outcomes (items 5 through 16) and the Well-Being Outcomes (items 17 through 23) only as they apply to the specific child whose case is under review.

For children receiving in-home services, reviewers should apply the Safety and Well-Being Outcomes to all the children in the family who are both residing with and included in services to the family.