National Standards Measurement Plan

The National Standards Measurement Plan, and its corresponding quarterly status report, is where the State identifies the safety and permanency national standards, along with its performance in those areas as measured by both the Final Report and baseline. The State also uses the National Standards Measurement Plan and its quarterly status updates to identify the negotiated, and any renegotiated, improvement goals in its Program Improvement Plan (PIP).

To establish the level of needed progress regarding national standards, each State must first work with the Children’s Bureau to define a percentage of improvement that will be made in each standard found to be out of substantial conformity. The selection of national data indicators that must be addressed in the PIP, the time period that may qualify as the baseline period for measurement purposes, and the required amount of improvement are all determined pursuant to the provisions of Technical Bulletin #3, Amended (dated October 8, 2009). Technical Bulletin #3 is available online at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/resource/afcars-tb3.

For other outcomes found to be out of substantial conformity, the Children’s Bureau and the State must work together to determine the most realistic way of measuring goal attainment. If the State is using the PIP Matrix for its quarterly reporting, it must enter the status of the data indicator for each reported quarter.