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

Video

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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Summarizes the change and implementation process and provides an overview of the Change and Implementation in Practice series briefs, “how to” guides that explain key steps and tasks in the process.

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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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Consider ways to be intentional about advancing race equity while implementing new child welfare programs and practices. This publication includes questions for teams to consider throughout change and implementation processes—from the earliest stages of exploring a problem to identifying solutions to ensuring sustainable implementation.

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Read about the value of collaboration as the key to prevention, safety, and long-term stability for children and families.

Video

Watch this short, animated video to examine how changing the language and messaging we use can support a shift to a more prevention-focused child welfare system.

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Use the integrated Theory of Change video workbook to record your questions and ideas for changing practice, which you can then use to apply the theory of change development process at your agency.

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Theory of Change discussion and activity guide  to support knowledge and skill development for individuals and teams and facilitate team discussion and targeted action planning.

Podcast

Listen to Indiana’s child welfare partners talk about making the shift to an upstream approach to prevention services possible in this short podcast. 

Webinar

Learn about the Indiana Department of Child Services’ upstream prevention approach to training and development, expanding the service array, and collaborating with system partners and providers in this recorded webinar.

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Engage staff and partners with activities in this guide to start a dialogue and create a vision for a more prevention-focused child welfare system.

Podcast

Hear practical advice about transforming partnerships from the team implementing a holistic prevention program in North Carolina in this short podcast.

Video

Learn about the relationships and partnerships that support developing a comprehensive prevention plan related to the Family First Prevention Services Act.

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The infographic provides a visual reference for the cultural shift needed to protect children through strengthening families.