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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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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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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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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.

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Examines how teams can identify questions to help guide monitoring and evaluation, shape the data that are collected and analyzed, and support evaluation partners in developing research questions.

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Explores the task of identifying, as a team, if an intervention is effective enough to spread, needs adjustment to improve, or should be discontinued if appropriate.

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Describes how teams identify measures, sources, and collection methods to move from the logic model to an evaluation plan, identify any existing data gaps, and pinpoint the tools needed to collect new data.

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Explores the tasks of refining and implementing a sustainability plan to have a clear and intentional roadmap for sustainability, identify the resources available or needed, and identify the commitment and supports that will help.

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Presents how to develop a plan to have a blueprint for all evaluation activities and to clearly outline timeframes, roles, and responsibilities for those activities.

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Explores the task of developing a plan to implement the process and methods outlined in the evaluation plan, gather the information and data needed, and determine the effect of the process or program being evaluated.

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Provides an overview of essential functions, or tasks, to monitor and evaluate the implementation and impact of a program or other intervention and apply findings over the course of the change and implementation process.

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Explores the tasks of identifying fidelity measures from other sources or developing new ones, developing the tools and protocols, and then using data to make improvements.

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Explores the tasks of determining the “big picture” objectives and scope of evaluation efforts and assessing the agency’s capacity to conduct rigorous fidelity assessments, formative evaluations, or summative evaluations.

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Describes the task of analyzing costs to satisfy funding requirements; support decision-making around intervention selection, testing, and piloting; and plan for scaling up and sustainability.

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Presents how teams can develop a visual logic model that shows inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes needed for the evaluation plan in a structured format to guide the work.