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Stakeholder Communications

Building a Comprehensive State Policy Strategy to Prevent Expulsion from Early Learning Settings

Building a Comprehensive State Policy Strategy to Prevent Expulsion from Early Learning Settings provides a review of expulsion research, discusses dimensions of expulsion, and provides the Expulsion Policy Strategy Tool—a practical tool designed to support states and territories in designing and implementing a multifaceted policy approach to developing a continuum of supports for programs, families, and children. 

Education Data Technical Assistance Program's Statewide Longitudinal Data System Sustainability Toolkit

This brief summarizes best practices and provides resources related to sustaining statewide longitudinal data systems. It is based on a four-part framework for sustainability: stakeholder support, ensuring widespread use, financial support, and return on investment. Companion resources include a sustainability planning tool and a sustainability self-assessment.

The Partner Tool

The Partner Tool is a social network analysis tool designed to measure and monitor collaboration among people and organizations. It is designed for use by collaboratives and coalitions to demonstrate how members are connected and how resources are leveraged and exchanged. It can also be used to link outcomes to the process of collaboration.

Building Agency Capacity for Family Involvement in Child Welfare

This action brief, the first in the Systems of Care Family Involvement Series, addresses capacity building at the child welfare agency level and describes strategies for preparing an agency and its staff to engage families effectively.

Integrating Systems of Care: Improving Quality of Care for the Most Vulnerable Children and Families 

This document highlights the importance of engaging communities, youth, and families as the prime movers in creating an integrated human services system. It also uses a series of case scenarios to illustrate the many positive effects that a coordinated and collaborative approach can have on children and their families. The document underscores the importance of advocating for change through many examples of successful systems integration efforts at state and local levels, and it summarizes recommended advocacy and social marketing methods.

Steps for Considering and Creating an Alliance

This e-newsletter outlines steps for nonprofit organizations when considering and creating an alliance in order to engage in coordination and collaboration. It describes a five-step process for forming an alliance and provides recommendations for each step.

What Your Strategic Plan and Website Should Have In Common – Each Other!

This blog post suggests that organizations should integrate their strategic goals into the design of their Web site. During the implementation phase of strategic planning, a Web site can be used to communicate strategic goals, mission, vision, and accomplishments. The article provides examples of how strategic planning and Web site design can work together to support the accomplishment of goals.

Gaining Buy-In From the Front Line During Times of Change

This brief examines the critical role of frontline staff in implementing change and outlines key steps and strategies for engaging them during times of change. Though this brief discusses strategies in the context of systems of care, the lessons and tips have broader application to other child welfare agency reform efforts that reflect new ways of working with children and families.

Talking Early Child Development and Exploring the Consequences of Frame Choices

This memo reports on research findings regarding how the public views early childhood issues and school readiness policies. It describes the implications of current public opinion and explores whether the frames currently in use by advocates, legislators, policy experts, and scientists are the most successful in building support and momentum for early childhood programs and policies.

Building Family Capacity For Family Involvement in Child Welfare

This brief describes steps and strategies that child welfare agencies can use to engage and support family members and build their capacity for meaningful family involvement. In the evaluation of the Systems of Care initiative, one guiding principle—child, youth, and family involvement—was found to have an especially transformative effect on child welfare agencies.