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April 2007Vol. 8, No. 3Advancing Knowledge on the Privatization of Child Welfare Services

The National Quality Improvement Center on the Privatization of Child Welfare Services (QIC PCW) has moved into Phase II of its 5-year initiative. The QIC PCW is funded by the Children's Bureau to implement research and demonstration projects to develop knowledge about improving outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system through privatization.

In Phase I, the QIC conducted a national needs assessment and knowledge gap analysis to determine the most timely and responsive topics related to privatization. In Phase II, three projects focusing on these topics will be funded from 2007 through 2010 to test models of performance-based contracting and quality assurance systems.

The QIC PCW website offers background material on the privatization of child welfare services, including survey results and an extensive bibliography of literature and resources on privatization.

Learn more about the project and child welfare privatization on the QIC PCW website: