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The Center for States designs products, services, and learning experiences to increase understanding and awareness, and build knowledge and skills. The Center focuses its attention on developing products and resources on several core organizational and practice topics.

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The FELA resources listed on this guide can be used alone or together to help agencies build individual, team, and agency capacity to engage and collaborate with families.

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Explore how data reported in AFCARS about youth who run away from state custody can be used to inform interventions.

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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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Use the Child and Family Services Review Data Profile Quick Reference to help you better understand your state’s performance on statewide data indicators related to the safety and permanency of children served by the child welfare system.

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Explore ways that jurisdictions can integrate strategies to promote equity in continuous quality improvement (CQI) and evaluation efforts. 

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Provides concise information on the organization of the Coping With Disasters and Strengthening Systems series resources and offers suggestions for using the resources alone or together to help agencies develop, refine, and implement effective disaster plans.

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Browse the “Leading Your Agency Through a Disaster” tip sheet to see how common elements of child welfare leadership can be adapted for effective disaster management and an example of action during each phase of disaster management.

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Build foundational knowledge about disaster planning, response, and recovery; see examples of real-life strategies from jurisdictions around the country; and begin the process of planning to effectively respond to any disaster. 

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Get guidance for completing the CQI self-assessment instrument, see suggested sources for local assessment data, and learn to rate assessment results.

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The Center for States’ virtual Exhibit Hall booth features several products that focus on workforce development, including a variety of publications, videos, and learning experiences to help agencies foster healthy and supportive environments for child welfare professionals.

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CWVE 2019 Closing Session Presentation Maximizing Our Collective Impact

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Becoming a Workforce of Everyday Scientists: Frontline Staff in Agencies and Tribes

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Becoming a Workforce of Everyday Scientists: Frontline Staff in the Legal Community Legal Presentation

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This session is designed to explore strategies for creating an organizational culture that values feedback and incentivizes learning from data and evidence. The session highlights the importance of including the perspectives of the workforce and children, youth, and families, all of whom have an important stake in evaluation and continuous quality improvement.

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Explore resources from clearinghouse programs that propose to rate programs and services as promising and well-supported.