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Examine current research and how best to build organizational capacity in five areas, and learn about possible challenges and solutions.

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For a summary of the key takeaways and steps of assessing readiness as part of a change and implementation process.

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Explores how the factors of motivation, general capacity, and intervention-specific capacity influence agency readiness for change. This video provides examples of and considerations for conducting readiness assessments.

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Explore how child welfare agency leaders, managers, teams, and stakeholders can understand and assess readiness.

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Presents factors that may impact plans to conduct an assessment, how teams can clearly communicate the need for the readiness assessment, and what teams need to consider before conducting an assessment.

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Learn how implementation teams can assess readiness for change and implementation and support related planning.

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Explores how the factors of motivation, general capacity, and intervention-specific capacity influence agency readiness for change. This video provides examples of and considerations for conducting readiness assessments.

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Reviews the final tasks of assessing agency readiness: analyzing results and determining next steps. This video explores how teams analyze assessment results, what conditions or connections help determine next steps, and why teams should reassess over time and at multiple points in the process.

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The readiness webinar summarizes the process of assessing agency readiness for a child welfare change and implementation process. It includes an overview of how an agency might facilitate the process of assessing readiness to put new programs and practices in place,as well as stories from the field on what assessing readiness looks like in practice.

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Examines why teams should understand the factors influencing readiness, use a structured approach to develop and conduct readiness assessments, and analyze results. This video helps teams understand what needs to be in place before assessing readiness and sets up teams for success as part of a change and implementation process at a child welfare agency.

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This video is a part of the Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families Video Series. It demonstrates key aspects of agency support to caregivers, including the importance of quality personal contact, training, and resources to empower caregivers through the process of moving from foster parenting to adoption.

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Highlights the beneficial role of agency support and encouragement to caregivers in ensuring effective foster parenting and successful reunification measures. In this video, a foster parent discusses the importance of communication and trust between caregivers and biological family members, along with agency training and resources, for successful reunification.

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Learn about applications that can make information gathering more efficient, increase useful data, and help you better understand those you serve. 

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Discusses new software and technologies used in child welfare

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Read recent research on child welfare workforce management, including recruitment and retention, professional development, and organizational culture.