A Program Evaluation of LGBTQ Training for Public County Social Workers in LA County

Purpose: This study seeks to evaluate LGBTQ training initiatives' effectiveness in improving LGBTQ competency pre and post training. Methods: Convenience sampling was used as the researcher depends on the data that was obtained from Penny Lane. Sample size was 73. Results were analyzed with SPSS t-test to compare pre- and post-test scores. Results: Based off the findings illustrated in the tables, there are some indications that the sub sections of the QYCC scale are heavily correlated with the overall QYCC competency scores and correlated with training competency as well. Certain questions that asked participants to take a more active role in fighting bias and being an ally to the LGBTQ community as well as the allyship actions subscores yielded significant results post training. Discussion and Implications: QYCC subsections were heavily correlated with the overall QYCC competency scores and training competency. This serves as further validation that this training may influence LGBTQ competency because the higher training score, the higher the QYCC score and suggests that trainings do improve LGBTQ competency. The specific questions that yielded significance highlight a need for more action-oriented accepting behaviors, addressing homophobia and heteronormativity, being an ally to the community.