Structure of the OSRI

The hard copy of the OSRI contains a few elements that do not appear in the automated instrument. These elements include General Instructions at the beginning of the instrument and some slightly different formatting in a few of the questions. For the most part, though, the automated instrument and hard copy are identical.

The first part of the OSRI is the Face Sheet, which lists basic information about the case being reviewed, such as the target child’s name, the names of other children involved in the case, the reason for agency involvement, key dates of service, and individuals interviewed during the case review. These individuals are not identified by name on the Face Sheet, but rather by their relationship to the case.

Following the Face Sheet is the main body of the instrument, which is divided into three main sections that are organized by outcomes. These sections, or outcome domains, form the basis of the CFSRs: safety, permanency, and child and family well-being. For each outcome, reviewers collect information on a number of items related to that outcome. The instrument has a total of 7 outcomes and 23 corresponding items organized in the following manner:

  • There are two outcomes and four items under the safety section
  • There are two outcomes and twelve items under the permanency section
  • There are three outcomes and seven items under the child and family well-being section

Each item is identified by an item number and the area that the item assesses. Each item also has a Purpose of Assessment, which clearly identifies the purpose of the information being collected for the item. Each item’s Definitions and Instructions are incorporated into the individual questions. These instructions are very detailed and specific, and are intended to help clarify complicated issues and assist reviewers in making correct decisions regarding answers to each question.

In addition to the outcomes and item questions, the OSRI also includes Rating Documentation questions that must be completed by the reviewers before the case can be considered complete. These rating documentation questions, which include a Main Reason statement and various follow-up questions, are used to provide an explanation and sources of information that justify each item's and outcome's rating.