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Message ID: 9125
Date: 2012-03-12

Author:Kristen Johnson

Subject:Re: CPS Investigator Caseloads

This discussion, in many ways, points out the limitation of caseload ratios as a measure of workload. Prescriptive (i.e. standards-based) workload studies conducted by CRC staff show that workers, on average, spend approximately 14 hours per month in activities not directly related to one’s caseload (lower than the proportion of time estimated by AHA cited previously). Among investigations that met policy and practice standards, workers spent 8 hours completing investigations not involving a placement, and a median of 18 hours completing investigations that involved child placement. The 8 hour estimate (based on investigations without child placement) corresponds roughly to 15 investigations per month (assuming a worker has 122 hours available per month, see article below for more details). This article outlines the approach to estimating workload capacity: http://www.americanhumane.org/assets/pdfs/children/protecting-children-journal/pc-23-3.pdf A shorter version of this publication can be found here: http://www.nccd-crc.org/crc/crc/pubs/focus09_agency_workforce_estimation.pdf Kristen R. Johnson, Ph.D. The National Council on Crime & Delinquency Ph. (608)831-8882 | Cl. (608) 556-2615 | Fx. (608)831-6446 http://www.nccd-crc.org

This discussion, in many ways, points out the limitation of caseload ratios as a measure of workload. Prescriptive (i.e. standards-based) workload studies conducted by CRC staff show that workers, on average, spend approximately 14 hours per month in activities not directly related to one’s caseload (lower than the proportion of time estimated by AHA cited previously). Among investigations that met policy and practice standards, workers spent 8 hours completing investigations not involving a placement, and a median of 18 hours completing investigations that involved child placement. The 8 hour estimate (based on investigations without child placement) corresponds roughly to 15 investigations per month (assuming a worker has 122 hours available per month, see article below for more details). This article outlines the approach to estimating workload capacity: http://www.americanhumane.org/assets/pdfs/children/protecting-children-journal/pc-23-3.pdf A shorter version of this publication can be found here: http://www.nccd-crc.org/crc/crc/pubs/focus09_agency_workforce_estimation.pdf Kristen R. Johnson, Ph.D. The National Council on Crime & Delinquency Ph. (608)831-8882 | Cl. (608) 556-2615 | Fx. (608)831-6446 http://www.nccd-crc.org