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     Timely, Targeted News & Information from NCWWI  |  January 2015  |  Issue 16
Special NSDTA Journal Issue: Leadership Development
NCWWI is pleased to share with you the recent Leadership Development Special Issue of NSDTA's journal,Training and Development in Human ServicesAlong with many other noteworthy articles, this special issue includes the following articles by NCWWI staff:
Mind the Gap Webinar Series

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 Simulation Labs for Child Welfare Education & Training
WEBINAR: February 4, 2015 at 3 pm ET
FOLLOW-UP LEARNING EXCHANGE: February 23, 2015 at 3 pm ET
2 New University Partnerships at NCWWI

The Children's Bureau has provided NCWWI with a supplemental award to support two additional University Partnerships: 
  • Arizona State University School of Social Work. 

    Through its Office of American Indian Projects (OAIP), 20 MSW students will participate in curricular and field innovations that focus on culturally responsive Indian child welfare practice. OAIP will partner with a tribal consortium composed of 4 American Indian Nations/Communities, including Navajo Nation, Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and Gila River Indian Community.

  • Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) at Case Western Reserve University. The Child Welfare Fellows and Workforce Development in NE Ohio project will provide MSWs to at least 20 public child welfare workers. This program has a unique focus on supervision, management and leadership in public child welfare. MSASS will partner with the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Service (CCDCFS).

We're always updating the content and resources available on MyNCWWI, your comprehensive workforce development portal. 

Here are the latest items we have added to our MyNCWWI Resource Library
Knowledge Management

Curious about 
how we manage all of our resources? Here's a paper on our process for locating, assessing
and organizing all of our workforce development
materials - Using Knowledge Assessment & Management to Improve the Capacity of the Child Welfare Workforce
- along with some of the new resources we have located:
  1. Change Implementation Reference List
  2. Community Context Reference List
  3. Cultural Responsiveness Disproportionality Reference List
  4. Data-Driven Decision Making and Continuous Quality Improvement Reference List
  5. Education/Professional Preparation and University-Agency Partnerships Reference List
  6. Evidence Based and Trauma-Informed Practice Reference List
  7.  Incentives and Work Conditions Reference List
  8. Job Analysis and Position Requirements Reference List
  9. Leadership and Management Reference List
  10. Mentoring and Coaching Reference List
  11. Organizational Environment Reference List
  12. Professional Development and Training Reference List
  13. Recruitment, Screening and Selection Reference List
  14. Retention Reference List
  15. Supervision and Performance Management Reference List
  16. Vision, Mission and Values Reference List
  17. Workforce Development Planning Process Reference List


Look for more resources and information coming your way in February. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact


We look forward to continuing to support your workforce development efforts.  



The NCWWI Team

Competency Models

We've collected child welfare competency model examples from multiple states and for various positions and made them available on MyNCWWI. These models can guide an agency's Human Resource functions, from recruitment, screening, selection to training, performance management, and succession planning while Universities can use them to help guide their child welfare traineeship or certificate programs.
Child Welfare Evaluation Videos

The Children's Bureau developed a video series to build capacity for improved evaluation, promote further dialogue among evaluation stakeholders, and disseminate information. NCWWI is proud to have supported the creation of this video on the importance of workforce data: Keeping Track of Our Most Valuable Resource: Using Workforce Data to Improve Child Welfare Programs
The series also includes:

Cost Analysis in Program Evaluation (Parts 1 and 2)


Casework & Evaluation: Learning From My Success Story


What's the Difference? Constructing Meaningful Comparison Groups


Getting It Done: Partnering to Overcome Concerns About Data Sharing 


Who Cares About Data Sharing? Making the Case to Courts


Measurement Matters: How should my program measure changes in child well-being?


The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW): Implications for Child Welfare Evaluations


Creating a New Narrative: Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities


Use of Research Evidence: Building Two-Way Streets 


Collaborative & Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities: The Roles and Voices of Key Stakeholders (companion video)


A Framework to Design, Test, Spread, and Sustain Effective Practice in Child Welfare (video series)



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