Building and Sustaining System Reform Efforts
Administrators and program managers play key roles in identifying and initiating system reform throughout their organizations. Being able to build and sustain these reform efforts requires careful thought and consideration. Maintaining evidence-based practice, legislation and policy, and other system change agents can be challenging and understanding the role of these factors is an important part of the reform process. The following resources provide data, knowledge, strategies, and tools for administrators and program managers as they plan, implement, and prepare for long-term sustainability of their system reform efforts.
- Implementation centers
- Engaging families
- Engaging communities
- Role of evidence-based practice
- Roles of legislation and policy
- Role of social marketing
- Use of data
A Framework for Implementing Systems Change in Child Welfare: A Practice Brief (PDF - 323 KB)
Western and Pacific Child Welfare Implementation Center (2012)
Gives an overview of why sustainable systems change is important for child welfare and improving outcomes for children, youth, and families. An eight-step process for implementation is also presented.
If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Project Leadership in Multi-System Change Efforts to Address the Co-Occurrence of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment: Lessons Learned From the Greenbook Project Directors (PDF - 1466 KB)
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (2009)
Presents a tool to help leaders plan and implement systems change. The report describes the process of change and identifies leadership qualities and State and local conditions required for multisystem change.
Lessons Learned Through the Application of Implementation Science Concepts to Children's Bureau Discretionary Grant Programs (PDF - 1034 KB)
James Bell Associates (2013)
Explores the organizational characteristics, activities, and processes that facilitate the successful implementation and sustainability of innovative Children’s Bureau discretionary grant projects.
Some Assembly Required: A Workbook for Local Residentially Based Services Reform Implementation Teams (PDF - 876 KB)
California RBS Reform Implementation Support Team (2008)
Offers a series of exercises for local implementation teams in California to use as they develop a model for residentially based services reform and prepare for implementation.
Systems of Care Policy Action Guide
National Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center for Systems of Care Resources (2011)
Provides a framework for thinking about child welfare policy options (e.g., legislation, multiparty agreements) and initiating actions that help promote an effective policy initiative. The guide provides printable assessment and planning documents for users to complete and share with partners and other stakeholders as they advance their policy initiatives.