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Explore the supportive relationship between a youth and her attorney.

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Reveals how advocating for youth makes a difference in system change and in the advocates’ own lives. The Director of Policy and Advocacy at NMCAN and a youth advocate talk about their shared experience in testifying as expert witnesses for state legislative committees and how it created a strong bond between them.

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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 about Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative's evidence-informed approach to the change and implementation process.

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Explore how child welfare professionals and organizations can build capacity for implementing the reasonable and prudent parent standard (RPPS) for children and youth in foster care. 

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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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A summary of the key takeaways and steps of developing a theory of change.

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A summary of the key takeaways and steps of selecting, adapting, or designing an intervention.

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Presents the fifth task, documenting assumptions and rationale, and provides examples of how to apply strategies. A clear, concise narrative can help to engage stakeholders, decision makers and potential funders in future steps to address the root cause and problems identified.

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Explores the first task of how to gather information on the problem statement, root cause(s), and target population and provides examples of how to apply strategies.

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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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Watch the Change and Implementation in Practice: Overview video to learn how key steps, tasks, and concepts fit together to support your agency’s change initiatives. 

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Presents the second task, identifying a long-term outcome, and provides examples of how to apply strategies. Identifying a long-term outcome that is specific, achievable, and understandable helps teams establish a goal that is focused, feasible, and clear.

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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 about theory of change and why it is critical to implementing effective changes to improve outcomes.