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Compendium Child Welfare

Published: December 31, 2001
Categories:
Funding
Topics:
Grants
Tags:
, Discretionary Grants and Cooperative Agreements

Child Welfare Training Discretionary Grants

Child Welfare Training Grant funds are authorized each fiscal year for grants to public or other non-profit institutions of higher learning for special projects to train personnel for work in the field of child welfare. Federal funds for Child Welfare Training Projects were available for 1) training child welfare practitioners to work effectively with youth transitioning out of foster care through the Federal Independent Living Program; 2) training managers and supervisors to enhance their capability to understand and implement ASFA; 3) competency-based training of child welfare agency supervisors; and 4) professional education for current and prospective public child welfare agency staff to obtain bachelor of social work degrees.

This section of the Compendium describes the 5 Child Welfare Training Discretionary Grants funded in FY 2001 under the following priority areas:

2001D.1: Demonstration Sites: Building Analytic Capacity for Child Welfare Programs in State Systems
2001D.2: Mentor Sites: Building Analytic Capacity for Child Welfare Programs in State Systems

Priority Area 2001D.1
Demonstration Sites: Building Analytic Capacity for Child Welfare Programs in State Systems

Grantee Name: Department of Human Services
Address: Division of Children and Family Services
P.O. Box 25352
Oklahoma City, OK 73125
Principal Contact Person: Howard Hendrick
Telephone: 405-521-3646
FY 2001 Federal Funding Level: $250,000.00
Grant Number: 90CW1099
Project Period: 36 months
Federal Project Officer: John Gaudiosi
Telephone: 202-205-8625
Target Population: Child welfare practitioners
Geographical Area Served: Oklahoma
Region: VI

The State of Oklahoma will establish a contractual relationship with the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare (KUSSW) to build the analytic capacity of DCFS to implement a Results Oriented Management (ROM) model developed by KUSSW and refined through this initiative. This approach emphasizes the use of information generated by an enhanced management-reporting model and research system, an organizational culture centered on creating a learning organization, and the increasing skills of managers to interpret and take action for program and policy improvements. Such a reports system offers relevant performance information at all levels of the agency in a flexible format that enables managers to obtain far more detail and analyses. A research and evaluation program will be implemented that informs agency policy and program development and culminates in a long-term research agenda providing a framework for future research. Training and technical assistance will be provided to facilitate the use of these new reports and research results. Several methods of communicating information and engaging staff in using data for program improvement will be undertaken, including research briefs and a listserv. To engage local stakeholders, three demonstration sites will be established in the community to engage community stakeholders in program improvement activities.

Grantee Name: Nevada Division of Child and Family Services
Address: Family Programs Office
711 E. 5th Street
Carson City, NV 89701-5092
Principal Contact Person: Liz Breshears
Telephone: 775-684-4407
FY 2001 Federal Funding Level: $250,000.00
Grant Number: 90CW1101
Project Period: 36 months
Federal Project Officer: John Gaudiosi
Telephone: 202-205-8625
Target Population: Child welfare practitioners
Geographical Area Served: Nevada
Region: IX

The Nevada Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) will build its data analysis capacity by expanding on its public-private partnership with Hornby Zeller Associates (HZA). By the end of this project, DCFS expects to produce monthly and quarterly reports for management decision making, focusing on case status, case flow, performance, outcome achievement, and costs and benefits. In addition, research and evaluation activities will occur regularly inside the Program Evaluation and Data (PED) unit, and DCFS management will have extensive experience in using data, and have a thorough understanding of the findings of the different analyses. HZA's extensive experience in designing and operating data analysis units for child welfare agencies will ensure that the growth in data analysis capacity occurs quickly. Under this project, PED will begin producing monthly status and case flow information out of the State Automated Child Welfare Information System in the beginning of 2002 and outcome information will become available within 6 months thereafter. More in-depth research and evaluation projects are slated to begin during the third year of the project; the training of managers in the use of data will be an ongoing process throughout the course of the project.

Grantee Name: Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families
Address: 101 Friendship Street
Providence, RI 02903
Principal Contact Person: Susan Bowler
Telephone: 401-528-3758
FY 2001 Federal Funding Level: $250,000.00
Grant Number: 90CW1100
Project Period: 36 months
Federal Project Officer: John Gaudiosi
Telephone: 202-205-8625
Target Population: Child welfare practitioners
Geographical Area Served: Statewide
Region: I

The Division of Child Welfare of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) will build its data-analytic capacity. The three primary objectives of the project are to establish a research center to generate studies to inform the work of the DCYF; to develop mechanisms by which the activities of the research center enhance ongoing social work practice, program planning, management, and policy development; and to ensure the stability of the research center with continued funding after the grant period ends. The center will conduct several studies per year and prepare reports and disseminate the results to DCYF leadership and stakeholders. This information will be used to inform practice, planning, management, and policy. The administrative database used by DCYF to meet child welfare data collection requirements is the Rhode Island Children's Information System (RICHIST), which is used to report federally mandated AFCARS and NCANDS data, and serves as the State Automated Child Welfare Information System (SAC WIS). DCYF also will establish a public-academic partnership to work with the DCYF Senior Executive Team to form the research center.

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Priority Area 2001D.2
Mentor Sites: Building Analytic Capacity for Child Welfare Programs in State Systems

Grantee Name: Arkansas Department of Human Services
Address: P.O. Box 1437
Slot 700
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437
Principal Contact Person: Cindy Young
Telephone: 501-682-7931
FY 2001 Federal Funding Level: $250,000.00
Grant Number: 90CW1102
Project Period: 36 months
Federal Project Officer: Alice-Lynn Ryssman
Telephone: 202-205-8565
Target Population: Child welfare practitioners
Geographical Area Served: Nationwide
Region: VI

The Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), in conjunction with Hornby Zeller Associates (HZA), plan to promote the transfer of their combined expertise in gathering, analyzing, and using data to states that wish to improve their research and evaluation infrastructures. DCFS and HZA will assist selected mentee States to build their analytical capacities. This project will allow DCFS to provide technical assistance in response to requests on a reactive basis, as well as to initiate a full-blown proactive approach to the transfer of capacity for one to four states selected for mentee grant awards. The objectives of this project include organizing and structuring the selected States' data units in ways that meet their needs and resources, even after Federal funding ends; using existing mandatory and voluntary Federal data collection systems to meet national standards in planning and providing child welfare services; and improving child welfare practices and agency performance through the use of data.

Grantee Name: Illinois Department of Children, Youth, and Families
Address: Office of the DCFS Research Director
406 E. Monroe St.
Springfield, IL 62701-1498
Principal Contact Person: Mark Testa
Telephone: 312-641-2493
FY 2001 Federal Funding Level: $149,919.00
Grant Number: 90CW1103
Project Period: 36 months
Federal Project Officer: Alice-Lynn Ryssman
Telephone: 202-205-8565
Target Population: Child welfare practitioners
Geographical Area Served: Illinois
Region: V

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS), through the Office of the DCFS Research Director, will provide consulting and technical assistance to promote a transfer of expertise in using data in child protection and child welfare to States seeking to improve their research and evaluation infrastructure. The framework the Research Office will employ is a system of data monitoring, analysis and planning, evaluation, and management developed to promote the efficient and effective administration of child welfare programs in Illinois. During the first three months, the Research Office will orient a mentee site to the framework. Following the orientation period, the Research Office will provide technical assistance and consulting services to assist in building or upgrading an infrastructure for research and evaluation. This second phase will focus on establishing benchmarks and analytical systems for outcome monitoring, and on developing or upgrading systems of data collection and reporting. For the next stage, the mentee site will select specific areas of technical assistance and consultation, lasting approximately 15 months. The final year of the project will establish an ongoing collaborative partnership between IDCFS and the mentee site to improve research capacity at both sites and an evaluation project that will advance the state of knowledge and improve child welfare outcomes at both sites.

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