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REAL STORIES FROM THE FIELD

The Real Stories project is a multimedia collection of workforce development stories from students, faculty, and child welfare professionals at all levels. Each project provides unique, first-person insight into the impact that NCWWI initiatives and partnerships are having on workforce and child welfare practice across the country. 

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Leadership Academy for Middle Managers
A STATES APPROACH TO CHANGE

Podcast100.fwThis podcast, developed in collaboration with the Child Welfare Information Gateway, shares an example of how one state changed its approach to staff development, as well as provides insight on the “must-haves” and lessons learned in moving away from isolated interventions and toward a targeted and cohesive strategy. We tell the story of how the Connecticut Department of Children and Families used the following approaches to improve its workforce:

~Used outcomes data to identify the specific staff attributes and technical barriers to address
~Engaged and received buy-in from partner agencies and organizations
~Applied implementation science and assistance from the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute to improve manager and  supervisor leadership

 

 Leadership Academy for Middle Managers
WHEN PREPARATION MEETS OPPORTUNITY

Podcast100.fwAnne Graham, a child welfare middle manager from New Hampshire, developed a much needed change initiative during her participation in the LAMM. Although her project addressed a serious gap in worker pre-service training, it took several years until she was able influence and enact change. This story explains how her preparation met the opportunity to be realized.

  

Leadership Academy for Middle Managers
FOR MISSOURI FIELD SUPPORT MANAGER. IT'S ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS

Article.fwDana Jones, a Field Support and Training Manager in Missouri, was facing high staff turnover rates and an over-stressed child welfare system in her region. Through the LAMM, she developed a change initiative that has made a big impact on worker satisfaction, and ultimately, outcomes for children and families.