Strategic Planning in Child Welfare: Integrating Efforts for Systems Improvement

Supports agencies in coordinating strategic and long-term planning, monitoring, and reporting processes. This brief includes tips and strategies to help agency Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) and Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) leads, continuous quality improvement and evaluation staff, and others coordinate and integrate CFSP and Annual Progress and Services Review development with the CFSR and other planning and improvement efforts. It also features a resource list of guidance and tools and a matrix that crosswalks elements of major federal planning and improvement processes.

Publication year: 2019
Capacity Building Center for States


In order to continually improve outcomes for children and families, states regularly monitor and assess the functioning of their child welfare agencies and engage in strategic planning processes to target improvement efforts. While each of these processes may follow different timeframes and involve different teams, integrated planning helps agencies find connections between processes, more easily share information, and realize efficiencies and align priorities with their planning, monitoring, and reporting. Ideally, the more connections agencies can make between these processes, the easier and more impactful these processes will become over time.

Suggested Citation

Capacity Building Center for States (2019). Strategic Planning in Child Welfare: Integrating Efforts for Systems Improvement. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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