Psychometric properties of the Transitions from Foster Care Key Leader Survey

Amy M. Salazar, Eric C. Brown, Kathryn C. Monahan, Richard F. Catalano

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This study summarizes the development and piloting of the Transitions from Foster Care Key Leader Survey (TFC-KLS), an instrument designed to measure change in systems serving young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood. The Jim Casey Youth Opportunity Initiative's logic model was used as a basis for instrument development. The instrument was piloted with 119 key leaders in six communities. Seven of eight latent scales performed well in psychometric testing. The relationships among the 24 measures of system change were explored. A CFA testing overall model fit was satisfactory following slight modifications. Finally, a test of inter-rater reliability between two raters did not find reliable reporting of service availability in a supplemental portion of the survey. The findings were generally positive and supported the validity and utility of the instrument for measuring system change, following some adaptations. Implications for the field are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-102
Number of pages12
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Foster care
  • Measurement
  • System change
  • System-level intervention
  • Transition-age youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Strategy and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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