Strategic Planning in Child Welfare
The Capacity Building Center for States’ (the Center’s) new series, Strategic Planning in Child Welfare, presents practical information including guidance and tools to support coordinated strategic and long-term planning.
These resources can help identify opportunities for coordination between the Child and Family Services Plan/Annual Progress and Services Report (CFSP/APSR) and Child and Family Services Review Program Improvement Plan (CFSR PIP) processes and internal agency continuous quality improvement (CQI) work. They also provide practical guidance related to CFSP development, including the meaningful involvement of stakeholders.
The graphic above shows the child welfare federal cycle of planning, monitoring, and reporting. By working to align goals and implementation activities throughout this cycle, agencies will be better equipped to meet federal requirements and achieve positive outcomes for children, youth, and families. To learn more about strategies to integrate the processes shown in this graphic, check out the Center’s Strategic Planning in Child Welfare briefs and additional resources below.
Strategic Planning in Child Welfare: Integrating Efforts for Systems Improvements (PDF - 342 KB) will help you find the useful connections among the CFSP, CFSR, and APSR, saving you time and resources and helping align agency goals and planning efforts.
Strategic Planning in Child Welfare: Strategies for Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement (PDF - 270 KB) will provide tips and strategies for engaging stakeholders in strategic planning and other agency processes.
Come Together: Partnering With Stakeholders for Better Strategic Planning (CBX Article) shares strategies for ways to engage stakeholders in child welfare agency strategic planning, program improvement, and reporting activities.
Watch the Strategic Planning in Child Welfare webinars to learn more about coordinating and engaging stakeholders in agency strategic planning.
To assist child welfare leaders, managers, and administrators engaged in strategic and long-term planning, monitoring, and reporting activities, the Center identified additional resources to complement the Strategic Planning in Child Welfare publications. (Reference to any specific process or approach does not constitute its endorsement by the Children’s Bureau.) Select one of the questions below to access the resources that best fit your needs.
Are you engaged in strategic planning?
These resources provide additional information to help child welfare leaders, managers, and administrators with effective strategic and long-term planning
- Strategic Planning (webpage)
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement
Provides online information and links to resources on strategic planning.
- Strategic Planning for Child Welfare Agencies (PDF)
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (2004)
Lays out a general strategic planning process to help agencies produce effective plans.
- Strategic Planning Toolkit (webpage)
Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center
Offers guidelines, tools, and resources for strategic planning.
- Strategic Planning Process (webpage)
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Contains links to resources that describe the strategic planning process and explore ways states and jurisdictions can build capacity for effective strategic planning.
Are you working on your CFSR/PIP?
These resources can help child welfare leaders, managers, administrators, and CFSR team leads work on their CFSR/PIP no matter where they are in the process.
- General Information and Overview of the CFSR Process (webpage)
Includes information, legislation, policies, fact sheets, and tentative schedules for the CFSRs.
- Round 3 of the CFSRs (webpage)
Contains information about Round 3 of the CFSR conducted between 2015 and 2018.
- CFSR Round 3 Resources (webpage).
Child and Family Services Review Information Portal
Offers resources on Round 3 of the CFSR for states participating in the process.
- Child Welfare Policy and Legislation (webpage)
Child and Family Services Review Information Portal
Presents links to documents related to child welfare policy and legislation.
- CFSR Round 3 Statewide Data Indicator Series (webpage)
Capacity Building Center for States
Contains links to resources in the Center for States' CFSR Round 3 Statewide Data Indicator series.
Are you looking for strategies to engage stakeholders?
These resources contain guidance and strategies for meaningful stakeholder engagement in CFSP/APSR and CFSR PIP development, review, and implementation, as coordinated with ongoing CQI processes.
- Beyond Strategic Planning: Engaging Families in Plan Implementation (Children’s Bureau Express Article)
Provides strategies and considerations for child welfare professionals on engaging and maintaining youth and family voice during CFSP implementation.
- Laying a Foundation: Child Welfare Agencies and Courts Working Together (Children’s Bureau Express Article)
Suggests strategies to help agencies and courts work together to address common challenges and provides an example of how one state put some of these strategies into practice.
- Change and Implementation in Practice: Teaming (PDF)
Capacity Building Center for States (2018)
Offers team-building strategies for child welfare agency leaders, managers, and stakeholders engaged in a change and implementation process.
- Family Engagement: Partnering With Families to Improve Child Welfare Outcomes (PDF)
Child Welfare Information Gateway (2016)
Provides an overview of the foundational elements of the family engagement approach and strategies for its implementation.
- Stakeholder Engagement and Public Participation Framework and Toolkit (webpage)
State Government of Victoria (AU) Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (2018)
Outlines the fundamental principles and elements that underpin good stakeholder engagement practice.
- Stakeholder Engagement: Tools for Action (webpage)
Western and Pacific Child Welfare Implementation Center (2013)
Presents practices and ideas that have been adapted from stakeholder engagement literature and the lived experience of stakeholders, staff, facilitators, and technical assistance providers.
Do you need help making a change at your agency?
Agencies can use these resources to help them achieve meaningful change that may improve outcomes for children, youth, and families.
- Improving Programs and Outcomes: Implementation Frameworks and Organizational Change (PDF)
Bertram, R. M., Blase, K. A., & Fixsen, D. L. (2015)
Presents refinements to and updates the National Implementation Research Network change and implementation framework.
- A Guide for Implementing Improvement Through the CFSP and CFSR (PDF)
Children's Bureau (2014)
Explains principles of effective implementation for states and the Children's Bureau to use when working jointly on the development and implementation of the CFSP and the CFSR/PIP.
- A Framework to Design, Test, Spread, and Sustain Effective Practice in Child Welfare (PDF)
Framework Workgroup (2014)
Describes a process for exploring problems in child welfare, developing interventions, building evidence about their effectiveness, integrating effective interventions into routine child welfare practice, and continually improving on their delivery.
- Guide to Developing, Implementing, and Assessing an Innovation (PDF)
Permanency Innovations Initiative Training and Technical Assistance Project (2016)
Helps improve the capacity of child welfare professionals to develop or adapt an innovation, implement innovations methodically and with fidelity, and build evidence.
- Selecting and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices: A Guide for Child and Family Serving Systems (2nd ed.) (PDF)
Walsh, C., Rolls Reutz, J., & Williams, R. (2015)
Provides information that child welfare systems can use to evaluate what their system needs, examine what programs are currently being used in their system, make decisions about which new programs to add, and plan for implementation activities.
- Toward an Evidence-Based System for Innovation Support for Implementing Innovations With Quality: Tools, Training, Technical Assistance, and Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement (PDF)
Wandersman, A., Chien, V. H., & Katz, J. (2012)
Presents theory, research, and action for an evidence-based system for innovation support (EBSIS).