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

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

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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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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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Learn to select, design, or adapt an intervention to address an identified problem.

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

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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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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.