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

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

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Examines the third task, developing the pathway or pathways of change to reach the long-term outcome, and provides examples of how to apply strategies. Casual links connect the root cause(s) of the problem to the long-term outcome, and “tell the story of how success will be recognized” at each level in the pathway.

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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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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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Use this presentation to follow along with the speakers as you watch the 2021 Child Welfare Virtual Expo Session 1 webinar, Understanding the Past to Build a New Future: Advancing Racial Equity for Children, Youth, and Families.

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Watch this presentation from the 2021 Child Welfare Virtual Expo to learn how and why racial and ethnic disparities exist in child welfare systems and in outcomes for children, youth, and families.  

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Learn about the Children’s Bureau’s commitment to racial and other equity in its work and the actions the Children’s Bureau is taking to advance racial equity in child welfare. 

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Use this presentation to follow along with the speakers as you watch the 2021 Child Welfare Virtual Expo Session 2 webinar, Using Data and Evaluation to Advance Racial Equity in Child Welfare.

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Discover strategies for using data to build evidence, engage youth, families, and other partners, and move toward racial equity in child welfare. ​

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​Use this presentation to follow along with the speakers as you watch the 2021 Child Welfare Virtual Expo Session 2A webinar, “We See It, We Know It, and Now We Must Do Something About It”: Working Together to Reduce Inequity.

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Discover how data sharing can improve the child welfare court system.

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Learn how to effectively present data in digestible and actionable ways that lead to real change.