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This guide is designed to support administrative leaders in states and other jurisdictions in using data to assess and identify ways to improve their service array.

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Adapt proven strategies from this publication to improve specific areas of culture and that support collaborative development of an effective service array.

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Adapt strategies from this publication to improve specific areas of culture and climate to support partnering with families after conducting an assessment.

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Get guidance, tips, and strategies for assessing agency culture and climate. 

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Use this guide for tips, and strategies concerning the critical role leadership plays in creating and sustaining positive organizational culture.

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Learn the importance of effective, ongoing collaboration between child welfare agencies and community-based partners.

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Use this tool with your prevention planning team to prepare for and tackle the adaptive challenges that many states face as they develop and implement prevention plans. 

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Browse the themes and key takeaways from the How We Partner With the Community to Improve Service Options podcast series.

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Identifies the first three steps in the problem exploration process and examines the importance of data, key components of a data plan, and common mistakes to avoid in identifying problems in child welfare.

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Presents the first task of identifying a problem and provides examples of how to apply strategies. Needs and opportunities for improvement generally emerge through an analysis of source of data or information.

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Identifies the final three steps in the problem exploration process and strategies that can help with analyzing data, root causes and contributing factors of problems, and common mistakes to avoid in problem exploration.

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Explores the second task of creating a data plan to investigate the problem further. Creating a well-thought-out data plan helps the team plan for exploring the identified problem and move toward identifying a possible root cause or causes.

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Presents the third task of collecting and analyzing data identified in the data plan to help answer research questions. Examining data helps teams tell a more complete story and understand the scope and impact the problem is having on the community.

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This brief addresses both "identifying a problem" and "gathering data and exploring the problem indepth" in the first phase of the Change and Implementation Process.

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Introduces the fourth task of identifying possible contributing factors and root causes using different methods. A root cause analysis is a structured approach to understand why a problem occurs using data. Understanding why a problem or unmet need exists helps teams better identify the potential solutions to it.