Measuring Impact

CASSY collaborates with school partners to measure the success of our services.  We use a mix of the following quantitative and qualitative tools and metrics to measure the efficacy of our programs:

Quantitative

  • Childrens Gloabal Assesment Scale
    The Children’s Global Assessment Scale (CGAS) is a tool used to assess the global level of functioning and severity of mental illness in children and adolescents. The CGAS uses various scales that assess a child’s psychological, social and occupational functioning. The scoring on the scales ranges from positive mental health to severe psychopathology. Using a number system from 1 to 100, the CGAS assesses daily functioning and behaviors such as personal hygiene habits, sleep patterns and risk for suicide. CASSY therapists assess students at the beginning and end of treatment, with the results compiled at the end. Our goal is to help students maintain or increase positive functioning in their daily life.
  • Attendance/Truancy Rates and Number of Resolved Behavioral Concerns (disciplinary action, suspensions, etc)
    Studies show a link between students with mental health concerns, attendance rates, and ongoing disciplinary concerns. We anticipate that students who work directly with CASSY therapists will show an increase in their attendance rate and/or show a reduction in disciplinary referrals, if these concerns are present.

 

Qualitative

  • Self report by students
    We simply ask students if they thought counseling was helpful and whether they would seek counseling again in the future.
  • Parent feedback
    We request a parent feedback form, which gives the parent an opportunity to evaluate the impact of our services on their child.
  • Staff feedback
    We invite staff to complete a feedback form for students they refer to CASSY.