The Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD) is dedicated to understanding how to improve child welfare workforce outcomes. Staff recruitment and retention are persistent challenges for many child welfare agencies. These challenges are compounded by a lack of research on effective strategies to attract and retain child welfare workers.

The QIC-WD is a partnership led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Center on Children, Families and the Law, with experts from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, The University of Tennessee – Knoxville, C.F. Parry Associates, Penny P Collins Consulting, and CLH Strategies & Solutions. The QIC-WD is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Children’s Bureau.

The goal of QIC-WD is to enhance what is known about evidence-informed workforce interventions and how they are related to outcomes for children. This collection contains a variety of resources and articles written by QIC-WD partners for state, county, tribal and other child welfare administrators, human resources (HR) professionals, and researchers and evaluators interested in child welfare workforce issues.

This product was funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau, Grant # HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-CT-1178. The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the funder, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Browse the Child Welfare Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD) Collections:

Intervention Summaries

Other QIC-WD Products



QIC-WD Journal Articles

QIC-WD Videos

QIC-WD Webinars

Umbrella Summaries

Workforce Analytics Resources