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Capacity Building

CENTER FOR STATES

Continuous Quality Improvement and Implementation

The Center for States helps child welfare agencies build capacity to improve performance by using continuous quality improvement (CQI) and implementation best practices. The Center's resources in this area discuss systematic, evidence-informed ways to improve child welfare practice and the functional components of CQI systems.

Strategies under this umbrella include learning experiences, peer networking opportunities, practical guides, and tools to support child welfare leaders as they implement and manage change. These strategies can build the capacity of every jurisdiction's CQI system, regardless of the system's status and complexity.

Change and Implementation in Practice

Explore this collection of resources to learn how child welfare agencies can achieve meaningful changes in practice and improve outcomes.

CFSR Statewide Data Indicators

Find information about using CFSR statewide data indicators to help improve state child welfare systems and to enhance strategic planning and CQI strategies.

Strategic Planning in Child Welfare

Explore guidance and tools to support coordinated strategic and long-term planning.

Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2019

Explore the archived 2019 Child Welfare Virtual Expo to hear from experienced child welfare professionals at every level discuss effective policy and practice.
 

Focused CQI Services Indepth Skill Building

Available on CapLEARN; registration required.

Builds agency capacity for continuous quality improvement (CQI) in key areas using in-person curricula. Through dynamic learning activities, scenario-based practice applications, and action planning, this learning experience explores methods to improve agency CQI processes. It provides eight standalone, single-day modules that can be combined into a multiday series designed for group learning for various levels of agency staff, leadership, and CQI team members. Registration is required to access this learning experience.

Focused CQI Services

Available on CapLEARN; registration required.

This downloadable curriculum for teams of agency staff builds on the CQI Training Academy through an in person, 2-day training. The course helps teams create a mutual understanding of what it takes to build and sustain an effective CQI system. Training resources include the curriculum, supplemental handouts, a training PowerPoint presentation, and an evaluation to test knowledge.

CQI Training Academy: Foundations of Continuous Quality Improvement

Available on CapLEARN; registration required.

Provides foundational training in CQI (i.e., the process of first identifying, describing, and analyzing strengths and problems and then testing, implementing, learning from, and revising solutions). This seven unit curriculum was developed by JBS International under a cooperative agreement with the Children's Bureau. It addresses the function and process of the CQI Cycle in child welfare. Registration is required to access this learning experience.

County-Administered State Partnership

County-Administered State Partnership Peer Group promotes collaboration among peers from county-administered state child welfare programs to brainstorm peer-driven solutions that support effective management and to discuss best practices and issues related to urban and rural counties, differing budgets and local resources, and how to respond to federal requirements. This group is open to members who meet the criteria of programmatic leadership at the state level in California, Colorado, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin and is subject to approval by the Children’s Bureau.

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)/Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) Managers

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)/Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) Managers Peer Group promotes collaboration among state or territory CQI and CFSR managers to achieve quality improvements in child welfare practice and positive outcomes for children, youth, and families. Members of this group include managers who oversee statewide assessment reports, Program Improvement Plans and case reviews, and staff responsible for Child and Family Services Plans. Membership is open to those who meet the criteria and must be approved by the Children’s Bureau.

Programmatic Data Analysts

Programmatic Data Analysts Peer Group promotes collaboration among programmatic data analysts to improve data quality and use and achieve improvements in child welfare practice and positive outcomes for children, youth, and families. Members of this group include business-level data analysts who translate complex analyses into action-oriented practice discussions and CQI activities. Membership is open to those who meet the criteria and must be approved by the Children’s Bureau.