Child Welfare Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD)


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The QIC-WD is using implementation science to strengthen the child welfare workforce in eight child welfare agencies across the U.S. According to a synthesis of the literature, implementation can be defined as a specified set of activities designed to put into practice and activity or program of known dimensions. The QIC-WD is using the implementation science framework developed by NIRN and the guide created by the Permanency Innovations Initiative to support our sites through the stages of implementation: Exploration, Installation, Initial Implementation, and Full Implementation as described below. The QIC-WD knows that high quality implementation of a selected intervention is essential to the site’s work and the research we are conducting. We have a dedicated team of Implementation Specialists who work in partnership with our Site Implementation Managers to thoughtfully plan for and implement an intervention in a real-world child welfare agency setting. As of September 2018, one QIC-WD site (Virginia) is currently implementing the first part of their intervention. The remaining sites are finishing the exploration phase and will move into the Installation Phase this fall.