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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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See statistics on increased risks for LGBTQ youth and learn how child welfare systems can use healthy approaches when working with LGBTQ children and youth.

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Explore how data reported in AFCARS about youth who run away from state custody can be used to inform interventions.

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Learn the importance of effective, ongoing collaboration between child welfare agencies and community-based partners.

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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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See how workforce satisfaction and retention are improved by emphasizing the positive differences that are made in the lives of children and families.

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Learn how child welfare agency leaders, managers, teams, and stakeholders can use data to better understand problems and their causes.

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Identifies the first three steps in the problem exploration process and examines the importance of data, key components of a data plan, and common mistakes to avoid in identifying problems in child welfare.

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Identifies the final three steps in the problem exploration process and strategies that can help with analyzing data, root causes and contributing factors of problems, and common mistakes to avoid in problem exploration.

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This brief addresses both "identifying a problem" and "gathering data and exploring the problem indepth" in the first phase of the Change and Implementation Process.

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Understand the role of coaching in supporting workers, including coaching functions, effectiveness, models, and strategies.

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See how coordination can improve identification, reporting, and services for youth who are victims or at risk of becoming victims of sex trafficking.

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Get informed about creating normalcy for LGBTQ children and youth in foster care and browse relevant examples.

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Browse the “Leading Your Agency Through a Disaster” tip sheet to see how common elements of child welfare leadership can be adapted for effective disaster management and an example of action during each phase of disaster management.

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Get the latest research on decision science and safety decision-making practices in child welfare to help improved safety outcomes.