Study Links Team Decision Making™ Model to Better Child Welfare Outcomes
A new study found that the Team Decision Making™ (TDM) model makes a real difference in preventing children from being removed from their homes. TDM™ meetings help participating families feel heard, while making workers better informed for making decisions in cases of suspected abuse or neglect.
Past research had shown the TDM model to be beneficial; however, this is the most rigorous study to date, using a control group and offering stronger evidence of the model’s efficacy.
Key findings include the following.
- TDM meetings help workers feel better informed to make decisions.
- Children and families experience positive outcomes after TDM meetings.
- The impact of TDM meetings are generally consistent for families of different races or ethnicities.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation developed the TDM model in the 1990s and, in early 2021, TDM implementation support and training was transitioned to Evident Change. Read more about Evident Change’s TDM work here.