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The NRCOI's Guide for Developing and Implementing Child Welfare Practice Models offers an overall framework for developing, implementing, and/or strengthening a child welfare practice model; cites specific examples from the field; and provides additional information to help child welfare agencies and their partners make informed choices in selecting their approaches to this important work.  It provides guidance on developing a practice model, and details steps to take through each stage of implementation, including a discussion of fourteen specific implementation drivers.  The Guide includes worksheets to help agencies articulate practice model principles, identify frontline practice skills, and assess readiness, and lists resources for ongoing support.

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PLEASE NOTE: The Federal grant for the NRCOI ended on September 29, 2014. This website is remaining live to keep the resources and information the NRCOI has published throughout the years easily accessible. This information is not being updated.

Table of Contents: At a Glance
Section 1
Developing a Practice Model
bulletCommon practice model elements
- Vision, values and principles
- Determining outcomes and measuring performance
- Core intervention components (family engagement, teaming, assessment, service planning, intervention, tracking/adjusting/closure)
    bulletDesigning a culturally responsive and inclusive practice model
    bulletManaging parallel process
Section 2 Implementing a Practice Model
bulletImplementation definition and framework
bulletImplementation stages
- Exploration (planning process and structures for planning and implementation)
- Program design
- Initial implementation (sequencing implementation)
- Full implementation
bulletImplementation Drivers
- Leadership drivers
- Competency drivers
- Organization drivers

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bullet Worksheet to Articulate Practice Model Principles
bullet Worksheet to Identify Frontline Practice Skills for a Family-Centered Practice Model
bullet Worksheet to Assess Readiness
bullet Links and Organizations for Ongoing Support


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