CFSR Round 4 Planning and Implementation Tools
Access tools to help teams prepare for Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) Round 4 data activities, adopt an integrated approach, engage lived experts, and more.
Preparing for the CFSRs requires deliberate planning and collaborative thinking. State teams can use the tools in this collection to:
- Prepare for CFSR Round 4
- Strengthen use of data and evidence in assessing, focusing, and improving
- Get ready to engage young people and families with lived experience in child welfare along with system partners in CFSR activities
- Identify opportunities to explore and advance equity and inclusion through the CFSR
As an integrated approach, CFSR Round 4 builds on the successes and lessons learned from prior system improvement efforts, including CFSR Round 3 Program Improvement Plans (PIPs), the most recent Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) and Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR), prevention and court improvement plans, and ongoing state continuous quality improvement (CQI).
- Use the CFSR Connections and Integration Tool to reflect on what worked and what needs attention to achieve the state’s vision, pinpoint opportunities to integrate improvement efforts, consider engagement experiences, and identify action steps for moving forward.
Are you looking to find additional ideas for coordination strategies? Explore the Strategic Planning in Child Welfare: Integrating Efforts for Systems Improvement brief.
The CFSR State Data Profile and Supplemental Context Data Workbook help states explore state performance on CFSR statewide data indicators and assess safety and permanency outcomes for children and youth served by the state’s child welfare system. These represent key sources of evidence in the CFSR statewide assessment.
- Consult the Guide for Using the State Data Profile and Context Data to examine statewide data indicator performance and trends and identify your state’s strengths and areas for further attention.
- Read the Application Example for Using the State Data Profile and Context Data and follow a scenario diving into data on a selected statewide data indicator to better understand outcomes.
Engaging young people, parents, and other family members with lived experience in child welfare along with system partners can offer valuable insights into system issues and help identify solutions for making improvements.
- Review the Preparation Checklist for Engagement of Young People and Families in the CFSR to ensure that your agency has the needed infrastructure and supports in place to promote successful and sustainable engagement efforts.
Find additional strategies for meaningful engagement in Strategic Planning in Child Welfare: Strategies for Meaningful Youth, Family, and Other Partner Engagement.
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