Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Wisconsin Works (W-2) Manual
Informal assessment is an ongoing case management practice, which starts during the W-2application period and continues until the individual no longer receives W-2 services. A comprehensive informal assessment via the WWP Informal Assessment Driver Flow must be completed and submitted prior to initial W-2 placement and at each placement change.
The purpose of the informal assessment process under W-2 is to gather information about an individual and his or her family to determine the:
· Individual's ability to become employed and remain employed;
· Services and activities necessary for the individual to become employed and remain employed;
· Appropriate placement of a participant;
· Need for further career assessment and planning;
· Need for vocational evaluation/assessment;
· Existence of potential disabilities or other specific limitations; and
· Need for a formal assessment of any disabilities or other employment barriers by a qualified assessing agency or individual.
Multiple approaches to informal assessment are generally used based on individual needs. Additional approaches to conducting informal assessment may include:
· Paper and pencil tools designed by the W-2 agency;
· Automated screening and assessment tools available within the W-2 agency;
· Information gathered through case management meetings;
· Worksite performance evaluations;
· Goal setting exercises/tools (e.g., where do you want to be in six months? Two years?, etc.); and
· Experience with following through on job search and other assigned activities.
History: Release 22-05; Release 19-02.