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March 2006Vol. 7, No. 2Peer Networks Facilitate Information Sharing

The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI) is currently maintaining two peer networks as a vehicle for sharing information among the staff of public child welfare agencies.

The first is the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) Peer Network. NRCOI sponsors quarterly calls with State, local, and Tribal CFSR coordinators from across the country so they can discuss topics of interest, listen to guest speakers, and exchange information.

The second is the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Peer Network. Regular calls among this group enable CQI staff to share experiences and successes. Each call highlights State and county successes in a specific topic area and then includes a facilitated discussion focused on barriers, challenges, and strategies.