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Policy and Program Implementation

Implementation Drivers: Action Plan

This tool focuses on action planning around implementation drivers, or the key components of capacity and the functional infrastructure supports that enable a program’s success. The tool provides an overview of key considerations for each driver, followed by a chart to plan and record next steps.

Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) Cycle Overview

This resource provides an overview of the “Plan Do Study Act” cycle, and also includes a planning worksheet.

A Systems Building Theory of Change

This PowerPoint presentation provides a theory of change for early childhood systems building. It highlights five elements of systems building: context, components, connections, infrastructure, and scale.

Home Visitation Program Continuous Quality Improvement Plan

This document was created for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Home Visitation Program. It provides information about continuous quality improvement (CQI) teams, including the purpose of CQI teams, the roles and responsibilities of state and local CQI team members, data collection and data systems, reporting, CQI methodology, communications, CQI process maps, and Plan-Do-Study-Act examples and worksheets.

Allied for Better Outcomes: Child Welfare and Early Childhood

This brief puts forward an approach to child welfare practice that responds to the urgent needs of the youngest and most vulnerable children in the system, enhances their well-being by attending more effectively to their developmental needs, and includes their families and caregivers as valued and necessary allies in supporting healthy development.

ECSWG Revised Systems Graphic

The purpose of this presentation is to share information about recent revisions to the Early Childhood Systems Working Group graphics and tools, originally developed in 2006. The revised materials include the “ovals” framework, a set of values and principles, and elements and functions of a comprehensive early childhood system.

Early Childhood Data

This compilation of resources was created to support States in the development of statewide, comprehensive early childhood data systems. It highlights federal initiatives related to early childhood data systems and provides resources related to their development, use, and implementation.

Spending Smarter A Funding Guide for Policymakers and Advocates to Promote Social and Emotional Health and School Readiness

This guide describes effective programs, highlights policy opportunities, and offers fiscal strategies to promote the emotional health of young children and their families. It provides state and local leaders with strategies to maximize existing funding streams, with a focus on maximizing federal funding.

Systems of Care Toolkits

This set of guides addresses key issues and processes involved in framing an effective system of care infrastructure. Each toolkit discusses related activities, tasks, sustainability, and key partners. They provide examples from the field and perspectives from those who have developed promising practices.

Child Welfare Information Gateway Systems of Care

This Web page provides information about the systems-of-care approach. Many children and youth in the child welfare system and those at risk of abuse and neglect have a variety of physical, mental, social, emotional, educational, and developmental needs. Systems of care is a service delivery approach that builds partnerships to create a broad, integrated process for meeting children’s families' varied needs.