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Strategic Planning focuses on the “nuts and bolts” of strategic planning and the implications for practice. Because agencies have various planning requirements, it also emphasizes developing integrated plans.
Synopsis • Facilitator's GuideParticipant WorkbookPowerPoint Presentation

Engaging Community Stakeholders and Building Community Partnerships helps State leaders to begin encouraging ongoing stakeholder involvement as a way of agency life.  Participants learn how to establish, sustain and incorporate these important relationships.
Synopsis • Facilitator's GuideParticipant WorkbookPowerPoint Presentation

Three sub-areas help States think about how to engage specific groups of stakeholders:

a. Engaging Courts and the Legal System illustrates how agencies, the courts and the legal system can work together – with clear understandings of the expectations, roles, and responsibilities of each partner – to achieve positive outcomes for children and families. This focus area was developed by the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues.
Synopsis • Facilitator's GuideParticipant WorkbookPowerPoint Presentation

b. State-Tribal Partnerships focuses on improving State-Tribal relations, including partnering in the CFSR process. As sovereign nations, Tribal governments need to be full partners with the State child welfare agency, both to share responsibility for Native children and families and to fully comply with the Indian Child Welfare Act. The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) helped develop this focus area.
Synopsis • Facilitator's GuideParticipant WorkbookPowerPoint Presentation

c. Engaging Birth Parents, Family Caregivers and Youth helps participants learn how to improve the involvement of birth parents, family caregivers, and youth in the agency’s work, including youth who are or who have been in the child welfare system.  Many materials developed by the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Youth Development and the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning were incorporated into this focus area.
Synopsis • Facilitator's GuideParticipant WorkbookPowerPoint PresentationCFSR Youth Toolkit

Using Information and Data in Planning and Measuring Progress addresses key issues in using data, ensuring data quality, and understanding methods for measuring improvement. All are essential to the CFSR process and to agency planning, decision making and monitoring. This focus area was developed by the National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology.
Synopsis • Facilitator's GuideParticipant WorkbookPowerPoint Presentation

CFSR Kick Off meetings provide an opportunity to build the agency team, engage community partners and plan how to use the CFSR process to achieve systemic change.  Typically this is a full day meeting hosted by the State, with planning and in-person resources and support from the Children’s Bureau Regional Office and the NRCOI, in partnership with the NRC for Child Welfare Data and Technology.

Planning Information and Materials:
bullet Synopsis
bullet CFSR Planning Calls Summary Matrix
bullet Sample Stakeholder Invitation
Resources for Breakout Groups:
bullet Guidelines for Workgroups
bullet Planning Group Worksheet
Presentation Templates and Handouts:
bullet Overview -CFSR Process
bullet Statewide Assessment ‘Lessons Learned’
bullet Elements of a Successful Statewide Assessment
bullet Reference Examples for Evaluative Statewide Assessments

Program Improvement Planning helps States develop a process for building on the momentum generated during the statewide assessment and onsite review.  The importance of continuing to engage stakeholders – both internally and externally – in the development of the PIP is emphasized.

Planning Information and Materials:
bullet Synopsis
bullet PIP Planning Calls Summary Matrix
bullet Sample Stakeholder Invitation
Resources for Breakout Groups:
bullet Guidelines for Workgroups and Facilitators
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bullet Child Welfare Matters: Implementing Change at the Local Level: Strategies for Success (Fall/Winter 2008)
PowerPoint Templates for Presentations:
bullet PIP Process
bullet PIP State Findings
Examples from other States:
bullet PIP Process and Expectations for Stakeholders Example #1
bullet PIP Process and Expectations for Stakeholders Example #2
 
 

 


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