10 Practices Part Two

Making the Business Case: Research and References for 10 Practices and Appendices

Report

The Child Welfare Leader’s Desk Guide is designed to help busy child welfare leaders gauge their agency’s effectiveness and chart a course toward measureable improvement. Part two of the Desk Guide includes research, references and appendices that will help leaders and their staff make the business case for improving policies and practices, with a goal of improving how children in the child welfare system fare.

April 9, 2015

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A Child Welfare Leader’s Desk Guide to Building a High-Performing Agency

10 Practices Part One

Report

The child welfare leader’s desk guide is designed to help busy child welfare leaders gauge their agency’s effectiveness and chart a course toward measureable improvement. New leaders will benefit from the desk guide’s structured, yet flexible road map for assessing their agency’s strengths and opportunities and creating an agenda for change.

April 9, 2015

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Expanding Economic Opportunity

Lessons from the East Baltimore Revitalization Initiative

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In this report the reader gets an overview of how the East Baltimore Revitalization Initiative created jobs and contracting work for low-income people of color, women and local Baltimore businesses during a huge community redevelopment project. The report includes lessons learned about incorporating the strategies of economic inclusion into community development, which places the East Baltimore initiative’s efforts within a national context. 

March 13, 2015

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The Connecticut Turnaround

Case Study

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This report summarizes how Connecticut has made substantial progress in 5 years turning around its troubled child welfare agency. Partnering with the Casey Foundation and others, the state has instituted improvements, driven down the number of kids removed from homes and ensured that children entering state custody live in families whenever possible, not in group placements. 

March 6, 2015

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Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States

KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot

Brief

This KIDS COUNT data snapshot illustrates how outdated methods measuring poverty in the United States are giving an inaccurate picture of how families are really faring and what public programs are actually working. The brief introduces the more accurate Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM). 

February 25, 2015

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Too Many Teens

Preventing Unnecessary Out-of-Home Placements

Report

This report discusses the hidden fact that too often teenagers are landing in the child welfare system not because they have been abused or neglected, but because they simply aren’t getting along with their parents.

February 12, 2015

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Implementing ChildStat

A “how-to” guide for child welfare and other client-serving systems

Report

ChildStat is a management accountability and quality improvement process created to examine New York City’s child welfare outcomes. This 28-page guide describes the history, goals and core features of the approach, along with lessons learned about implementation.

February 5, 2015

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A Model for Collaboration and Results

How Cross-Agency Collaboration Helped Hampton, VA

Report

This success story describes how the child-serving agencies of Hampton, Virginia, collaborated to achieve better outcomes for children and families. By emphasizing prevention and building a smart array of services and supports, more of Hampton’s children now live safely with their families, reducing the need for child welfare or juvenile justice group placements.

January 27, 2015

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Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide

Embracing Equity: 7 Steps to Advance and Embed Race Equity and Inclusion Within Your Organization

Practice Guide

One way to achieve social change in an organization is to incorporate race equity and inclusion at every stage of work. This action guide provides seven concrete steps for foundations and other organizations to take in creating equitable opportunities for the children, families and communities they serve.

January 8, 2015

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