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DE Phase 1 - Needs Assessment
The California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) Distance Education Needs Assessment surveys were developed by CalSWEC in collaboration with social work faculty from California State University, Chico (CSUC), California State University, Humboldt (CSUH) and California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). Locally, the CSUC Human Subjects in Research Committee provided approval for this needs assessment and concomitant instruments. This set of five surveys was administered as appropriate to several interest groups in the field of public child welfare including regional county employees, regional county employers, community college administrators, tribal social service agency employees and tribal social service employers in Northern California. The purpose of this effort was to gather information concerning the level of social work education in the regional county employee and tribal social service workforce, the need and level of interest for further education and what factors are important to consider when developing a new social work distance education program. This program, when developed, will be housed locally at CSUC in collaboration with CSUH and CSUSB. The scope of the local effort included 12 counties: Butte County, Colusa County, Glenn County, Lassen County, Modoc County, Nevada County, Plumas County, Shasta County, Siskiyou County, Sutter County, Tehama County and Yuba County.
Twelve county agencies which provide public child welfare services were contacted including:
- Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services
- Colusa County Department of Health and Human Services
- Glenn County Human Resource Agency
- Lassen County Family and Children Protective Services
- Modoc County Department of Social Services
- Nevada County Department of Social Services
- Plumas County Department of Social Services and Public Guardian
- Shasta County Department of Social Services
- Siskiyou County Human Services Department
- Sutter County Department of Welfare and Social Services
- Tehama County Department of Social Services
- Yuba County Health and Human Services Department
The surveys were made available February - June 2009. The Sutter County Department of Welfare and Social Services and Yuba County Health and Human Services Department elected not to participate in the needs assessment. Meetings were conducted with Colusa County Department of Social Services and Plumas County Department of Social Services and Public Guardian however employer only data was gathered. Nevada County Department of Social Services, Lassen County Family and Children Protective Services, and Siskiyou County Human Services Department indicated interest in participating but did not return any surveys. All remaining counties completed both employer and employee surveys.
Additionally, area community colleges were contacted including:
- Butte Community College
- College of the Siskiyou
- Lassen College
- Shasta Community College
Interviews were conducted with college administrators March – May 2009. Data was gathered in interviews and surveys from Butte, Lassen, and Shasta Community Colleges.
Finally, there are 18 federally recognized tribes and rancherias. Efforts were made to conduct meetings with all 18 tribes and/or Rancherias. However, no meetings were scheduled for the Phase I time frame.
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