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The Center for States provides research assistance and responds to information requests on building capacity in child welfare.

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

Video

Buzzwords: Moving to Behavioral Descriptors doodle video is a short, animated video that follows a child involved in a child welfare investigation. The video describes what buzzwords are and illustrates the impact they can have on children and families. It also demonstrates how to recognize buzzwords and offers strategies for transforming buzzwords into objective, behavior-based descriptors.

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This publication looks at buzzwords in the context of words or phrases commonly used in child welfare reporting and documentation that can be subjective or carry negative connotations, and offers strategies to minimize their negative impact.

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

Podcast

Explore part 7 of the series and infographic to learn about collaborating to build a fully supportive system to meets the needs of families in their communities.

Podcast

Explore part 6 of the series and infographic to learn about collaborating to build a fully supportive system to meets the needs of families in their communities.

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Find information about using collaborative practices and models across human service systems to better serve families dealing with co-occurring issues.

Podcast

Explore part 5 of the series and infographic to learn about collaborating to build a fully supportive system to meets the needs of families in their communities.

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This tool is a role-playing activity, designed to help child welfare workers and supervisors become more familiar with the process of recognizing and translating buzzwords into descriptive language.

Podcast

Use this series and infographic to explore working collaboratively to build a comprehensive system that meets the needs of families in their communities.

Podcast

Explore part 3 of the series and infographic to learn about collaborating to build a fully supportive system to meets the needs of families in their communities.