Finding time to sift through research and read up on the important topics and trends impacting human services is easier said than done. That’s why we’re here to help. Our Research Library includes expert content—think whitepapers, reports, presentations, news articles, and other resources—to help you implement the right tools and technology for your agency, and discover new ways to overcome challenges.

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Posted Wednesday, January 22, 2020 by Greg Tipping

Spotlight on Knowing the Difference Between Poverty and Neglect [CBX]

While poverty and neglect tend to intersect, the two are not inextricably linked. Children’s Bureau Express (CBX) explains why differentiating the two is foundational for building a system that truly meets families’ needs and supports economic mobility.

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Posted Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by Team Northwoods

Family First Prevention Services Act: Anticipating and Navigating the Road Ahead

We know many states and agencies still have lingering questions and concerns surrounding the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), so we’ve rounded up several recent articles and resources to help you assess your options, plan for the best way to move forward, and navigate the impending change.

Editor’s note: we originally published this post on June 11, 2019. Since FFPSA has now officially gone into effect (despite most states delaying implementation), we’re continuously updating it to include new resources.

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Posted Thursday, September 19, 2019 by Team Northwoods

5 Things Every Public Sector Agency Should Consider Before Procuring New Technology [PCG]

Carole Hussey, associate manager in Public Consulting Group’s (PCG) Human Services practice, weighs in on the value of vertical domain specialty when evaluating new technology solutions for human services, posing five questions organizations should ask throughout the process.

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Posted Thursday, September 5, 2019 by Rich Bowlen

Applying Social ROI to Justify Technology Spending

When child welfare agencies need to convey the value of technology they want to purchase to county administrators and other stakeholders to secure funding and resources, focusing on time-savings and cost-savings isn’t enough. To tell the whole story, it’s imperative to demonstrate social return on investment (SROI) to prove how technology will impact the well-being of the whole community.

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Posted Tuesday, April 23, 2019 by Rich Bowlen

A System in Crisis: Wisconsin Child Protective Services [Wisconsin Counties]

Wisconsin Counties magazine explores how the opioid epidemic is impacting the state's already fragile child welfare system, which one agency director referred to as a “sinking ship.” The article is a powerful reminder that frontline workers and supervisors need more support than ever before.

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Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by Rich Bowlen

The Era of Compliance-Driven Busywork [The Chronicle of Social Change]

Child welfare is in an era of compliance-driven busywork, says The Chronicle of Social Change contributor Vivek Sankaran. Administrative work overshadows the human element of child welfare—the ability to really understand and empathize with each family and their unique situation.

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Posted Monday, March 25, 2019 by Rich Bowlen

New York Raise the Age: 6 Months In

New York’s “Raise the Age” legislation presents impactful changes to youth, their families, and agencies providing services. It also places an immediate and direct burden on frontline caseworkers tasked with developing tailored, comprehensive care plans that meet the rehabilitative needs of each youth. Critical to success is these workers’ ability to quickly assess, evaluate, and share specific information to coordinate the right supports and services.

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Posted Monday, February 11, 2019 by Rich Bowlen

Meeting the Modern Digital Demand [Government Business Council]

Government Business Council’s poll on effective collaboration tools shows that agencies still have a long way to go to provide workers with the right technology to truly be efficient and effective in a modern, mobile world.

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Posted Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by Rupam Chokshi

Making IT Modernization a Reality for Agencies [GovLoop]

Approaching IT modernization from a business perspective is the key to successful digital government initiatives. GovLoop’s eBook explores this idea in depth, while summarizing key themes, initiatives, and takeaways from a recent round-table discussion on cloud content management and IT modernization.

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Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2018 by Rich Bowlen

Change and Implementation in Practice [Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative]

The Children's Bureau's Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative has been building up its Change and Implementation in Practice series, a collection of resources that can help child welfare agencies manage change in a meaningful and impactful way.

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