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Systems of Care Policy Action Guide
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Welcome to the Systems of Care Online Policy Action Guide, a capacity building tool that supports the process of identifying and advancing policy strategies to improve child welfare systems and practices. The Policy Action Guide provides a framework for thinking about child welfare policy options and initiating actions that help promote an effective policy initiative.
The Policy Action Guide directs you through three critical stages for planning a policy initiative:
- Complete an assessment. Through a series of targeted questions, you can define your issue of interest, specify objectives, review existing policies and policy gaps, and determine the factors that support or restrict your policy initiative.
- Select a policy approach. You can review the descriptions and considerations presented for five different policy approaches—legislation, multiparty agreement, proclamation, internal policy, and regulation—and then select the policy approach(es) that best fit your needs and circumstances.
- Begin developing an action plan for your selected approach. The Policy Action Guide helps you develop and document strategies for understanding the policy development context and process, identifying who should be involved, and planning what needs to be done—building support, developing drafts, planning for outreach and implementation, identifying resources, and more.
You can develop plans for the following approaches: legislation, regulations, proclamations, multiparty agreements, and internal policies.
The guide provides printable assessment and planning documents (in Word and PDF) for users to complete and share with partners and other stakeholders as they advance their policy initiative.
Links to useful policy resources and tools from the field also are provided. Note that the inclusion of these resources does not necessarily imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.