This action brief, the first in the Systems of Care Family Involvement Series, addresses capacity building at the child welfare agency level and describes strategies for preparing an agency and its staff to engage families effectively.
Policy and Program Implementation
This blog post introduces the concept of strategic alignment and describes how alignment is related to strategic planning.
This paper examines similarities in service integration efforts and uses this information to develop a set of organizing principles and constructs for planning a service integration initiative. First, it elaborates on two key dimensions—relationship intensity and institutional similarity—critical for understanding any particular integration effort. Second, it proposes a strategy for framing integration efforts based on these two dimensions. Third, it considers the implications of this framework for developing an integration agenda.
In this resource, the authors argue that cross-systems integration requires an understanding of organizational “milieu,” or the underlying norms, values, and behavioral patterns that shape the way the agency functions and makes decisions. This article is the fifth article in series discussing integration of human services systems.
This paper argues that current approaches to early childhood research, policy development, and investment are too narrow and only address one aspect of the entire system. It advocates for a broader approach that focuses on systemic reform, universal access, improved quality, accountability, increased respect for the value of children and the families who raise them, and increased public investments in services and leadership. The paper culminates with a concrete proposal for reforming the early childhood system.
This tool provides an overview and assessments of implementation drivers, or the key components of capacity and the functional infrastructure supports that enable a program’s success. The assessments are focused on research and best practices in implementation and evidence-based practice.
This Web site includes the tools developed by New Hampshire’s Department of Education for teams to use in conducting self-assessments and to monitor the status of action items. It includes a collaborative team checklist, a prekindergarten leadership checklist, and a preschool effective behavior supports survey.
This Web site has a number of online toolkits, including implementation toolkits, the Birth to Six Toolkit, the Family Finding and Engagement Toolkit, the Father Engagement and Father Involvement Toolkit, and the Team Decision Making Toolkit. The section on implementation toolkits includes a number of resources on defining and planning a program.
This tool focuses on six factors related to evidence-based practices: needs, fit, resource availability, evidence, readiness for replication and capacity to implement. It was designed to help States, districts, and schools systematically evaluate new and existing interventions. This tool can help teams have discussions and make decisions based on information from numerous sources.
This tool provides guidance related to early childhood systems building. It was designed to support State leaders applying for Race to the Top − Early Learning Challenge funding. The tool outlines six critical functions of a comprehensive early childhood system and describes strategies that States can use to make progress in each function.