In fiscal year 2005, the National Quality Improvement Center on the Privatization of Child Welfare Services (QIC PCW) was funded by the Children’s Bureau. The QIC PCW is a five-year knowledge development initiative through a cooperative agreement between the Children’s Bureau and the University of Kentucky College of Social Work and Planning and Learning Technologies, Inc.
The National Quality Improvement Center on the Privatization is charged with
In Phase I of implementation, the QIC PCW is conducting a national needs assessment and knowledge gaps analysis. This will be a multi-faceted, iterative needs assessment that will be undertaken to identify the current state of child welfare and privatization. It will inform the selection of topical focus areas for research and demonstration projects administered in Phase II of the project. The needs assessment will involve key informant discussions with State child welfare staff, literature reviews, and regional forums held throughout the nation among other efforts. A national advisory board of leading experts will provide input at key points as well as serve as an integral part of the QIC PCW’s information sharing network. The QIC PCW is a source of information on the current status of privatization in child welfare and effectiveness and efficiency of this strategy.
The QIC PCW is a part of the Children’s Bureau’s Quality Improvement Center initiative, a new approach to managing discretionary grant efforts. The objectives of the model were to: (1) promote development of evidenced-based knowledge about effective child welfare practices in the areas of child protective services and adoption, and (2) ensure dissemination of this information in a manner that informs and alters practice at the direct service level. There are currently four regional QICs, one focusing on adoption and the other three focusing on child protective services.
Updated: February 20, 2008