The following resources offer strategies for successfully implementing reform initiatives based on lessons learned from system reform efforts.
For the Welfare of Children: Lessons Learned From Class Action Litigation
Meltzer, Joseph, & Shookhoff, (Eds.)
Center for the Study of Social Policy (2012)
Presents a series of papers evaluating the use of class action litigation to reform public child welfare systems. Sections include lessons learned that encompass all stages of the litigation process.
Implementing Evidence-Based Practices: Six "Drivers" of Success (PDF - 178 KB)
Metz, Blase, & Bowie (2007)
Child Trends Research-to-Results Brief
Defines implementation, highlights why effective implementation of evidence-based practices is critical to achieving outcomes, and outlines six components that support successful program implementation.
Lessons Learned in Systems Change Initiatives: Benchmarks and Indicators
Kreger, Brindis, Manuel, & Sassoubre (2007)
American Journal of Community Psychology, 39(3/4)
Discusses strategies for measuring the progress of systems change by drawing on analytic frameworks and lessons learned from six systems change initiatives.
Planning and Implementing Change
Lonne, Parton, Thomson, & Harries (2008)
In Reforming Child Protection
Provides an overview of attempts at reform and change management in child protection systems, outlines principles and themes for guiding change processes, and proposes effective reforms at social and organizational levels.