Lessons Learned Through Quality Improvement Efforts
These resources provide examples of quality improvement evaluation efforts, including discussion of both project and process outcomes. State and local examples are provided.
Building Quality Improvement Systems: Lessons From Three Emerging Efforts in the Youth-Serving Sector
The Forum for Youth Investment (2007)
Presents findings of emerging quality improvement efforts and discusses implications of various design choices. The three programs included are the Girls Incorporated Quality Assurance Process, the Michigan After-School Quality Systems Demonstration, and the Kansas City Organizational Assessment and Improvement Project.
Denver Indian Family Resource Center: Research Report (PDF - 1080 KB)
Rocky Mountain Quality Improvement Center (2007)
Discusses the activities and outcomes of the project designed to prevent removal and out-of-home placement, or to promote timely return home of Native American children who have become involved with the child welfare system due to parental substance abuse and child neglect or maltreatment.
State and local examples
Child Welfare Accountability: Evaluating Quality Assurance Processes in Maryland
(PDF - 117 KB)
Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children (2007)
Reports on an evaluation of existing quality assurance policies and practices in Maryland and presents recommendations for improvement.